There has been an extreme amount of controversy surrounding Democratic Senator Al Franken recently. In November, an alarming photo of Franken surfaced that led to questions regarding sexual harassment.
The photo was of reporter Leeann Tweeden. In the photo, Tweeden is sleeping while Franken is "jokingly" pretending to put his hands on her chest. Tweeden also said that Franken had once forced a kiss upon her.
In the following weeks, other allegations against Franken came to the surface. In light of the questioning, Franken was questioned several times about whether or not he would resign from the Senate.
In November, Franken spoke out regarding his suspected resignation.
He said, "I'm not going to get into that or speculate on that. I've been trying to take responsibility by apologizing. I am going to be accountable. We are going to cooperate completely with the ethics investigation."
In early December, 11 Democratic Senators called upon him to resign. They said that simply undergoing an ethics investigation did not send a strong enough signal.
Gillibrand said, "While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve."
Now, NBC has reported that Franken has officially decided to resign. He was on the Senate floor and said that he was leaving "in a few weeks." He said that he would "continue trying to be an educated citizen and an advocate and an activist."
He said, "Before I go, I want to spend some time sharing what I have learned in a series of speeches focusing on the challenges I came to Washington to address, the challenges that my colleagues will continue to wrestle with, challenges that will determine not just what kind of political landscape we leave for the next generation of senators but what kind of country we leave for the next generation of Americans."
NBC also posted the following tweet, giving January 2 at Franken's resignation date.
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