Al Franken resigns as Minnesota Senator

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Al Franken resigns as Minnesota Senator

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Many have heard of the accusations of the horrible actions made by recent politician’s nationwide, actors, and high profile public figures.  Of all of the accusations made, one hits close to home with Minnesotans, as Minnesotan Senator, Al Franken announced Thursday, that he will be resigning from the state senate.

What has been called the highest-profile casualty in the growing list of lawmakers felled by charges of sexual harassment or indiscretions, Minnesota Senator Al Franken has chosen to resign in the coming weeks.   The Senator was quoted saying he is ready to “fully cooperate” with the Senate Ethics Committee investigation.  The Senator also said that he has chosen to resign because it was clear to him that he could not pursue the investigation against him while representing the people of Minnesota.

Although Al Franken openly tweeted and admitted to his wrongdoing during his time as Senator, he also stated that some of the allegations against him are not true and that he remembers them very differently.  Franken was also quoted saying “I know in my heart, nothing that I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor to this institution.”  During his statement, Franken called out President Trump stating that “I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigned for the Senate with full support of his party.”  This of course in reference to President Trump giving his endorsement to Former Chief Justice Roy Moore.  During the speech announcing his resignation, Franken also said that it was the worst day of his political life.

Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.”

— Al Franken

The Senators resignation comes just days after allegations against President Donald Trump and the firing of The Today Show news anchor, Matt Lauer, for accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace.  Among Donald Trump and Matt Lauer, there have been many other high profile public figures accused of sexual assault and harassment. Along with Al Franken, Arizona representative Trent Franks also announced that he will be resigning on Thursday amid sexual allegations against him as well.

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