Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said on Thursday that he is resigning his Senate seat over allegations of sexual misconduct. Franken said some of the allegations against him are “simply not true.” Nevertheless, he said he would be resigning in the coming weeks as a member of the Senate for the good of the country.
The decision caps off a chaotic 24 hours on Capitol Hill as new accusations surfaced and Democrats turned on Franken saying it was time for him to step down.
“I am proud that in my time in the Senate I have used my power to be a champion for women,” Franken said.
Franken also brought up President Trump and the Access Hollywood tape and his support of GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual abuse.
“I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of the sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota,” Franken said.