Al Franken Makes Final Decision on Whether He'll Resign From Senate

politics
December 07, 2017Dec 07, 2017

Democratic Senator Al Franken is resigning following a call for his resignation, reported CNN. The call came after numerous allegations that he touched women inappropriately.

Franken's office announced he was scheduled to speak at 11:45 a.m. ET.

"Senator Franken is talking with his family at this time and plans to make an announcement in D.C. tomorrow. Any reports of a final decision are inaccurate," said a tweet on Wednesday from Franken's official Twitter account.

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Calls for Franken's resignation started after a woman, Leeann Tweeden, came forward last month to say he had forced her into an unwanted kiss before he was a senator. She also released photos of him groping her while she slept.

Another woman came forward to say he groped her while he was taking a photo with her at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. The Huffington Post also reported two more women accused Franken of inappropriately touching them in 2007 and 2008.

Later, an Army veteran told CNN later that Franken groped her on a USO tour as well before he was a senator.

"The woman, Stephanie Kemplin, said Franken cupped her breast while she was deployed in the Middle East during the Iraq War," said CNN.

On Wednesday, a former Democratic congressional aide said Franken tried to kiss her forcibly in 2006. Shortly after, New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for Franken to resign. Other Democrats swiftly echoed her.

On Thursday, Franken denied the allegations, saying some of them are "simply not true," while "others he remembered quite differently." He went on to say that he wanted to a Senate Ethics Committee to review his situation.

After defending himself, Franken announced his resignation from Senate.