Senator Al Franken Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Posted Декабря 08, 2017

"I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up my voice", Franken said.

Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation Thursday amid allegations that he inappropriately touched several women - a shameful exit for a rising star of the Democratic party.

After Franken finished speaking, the Senate chamber was silent. Tina Dupuy, a former Democratic Hill staffer, wrote an essay that was posted Thursday on the Atlantic's website, saying Franken groped her as she posed for a photograph with him at a 2009 inauguration party for President Barack Obama.

Franken also was defiant about some of the allegations leveled against him, however, and he insisted that some of them were flatly not true.

Franken's resignation comes a day after many of his fellow Democratic senators - including New York's Kristen Gillibrand, California's Kamala Harris, Ohio's Sherrod Brown and Missouri's Claire McCaskill - called upon Franken to step down from his role on Wednesday. I froze. Then he squeezed.

Franken's support collapsed on Wednesday after another woman accused him of forcibly trying to kiss her.

Tweeden said: "It's a lose-lose situation here. I feel bad, and feel bad for his family".

"His speech was about his experience, his grief, his embarrassment and his pain and had nothing to do with the female experience of what he did against his accusers", Dupuy said.

"I have been shocked and disappointed to learn over the last few weeks that a colleague I am fond of personally has engaged in behavior towards women that is unacceptable. There was no apology". Franken describe behavior that can not be tolerated. It would be highly irregular for the liberal politician to appoint a Republican to the seat. We are finally addressing the issue of sexual harassment, and we need to get it right. "I shouldn't have done it". I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that in fact I haven't done. She said Franken "put his hand full-fledged on my rear".

Of those who, like Gillibrand, have called for Franken to resign amid on-the-record and anonymous claims of misconduct, Carlson warned not to take glee in others' downfall. One women said that "he grabbed my buttocks" at an event hosted by the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus. When she turned around, Franken was in her face. The woman said that incident took place at a fundraiser held at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Franken has not responded.

She claimed Franken insisted he had the right, as an entertainer, to kiss her, according to a Politico report.