Franken: I’m Resigning From The Senate Even Though I Didn’t Do Anything Wrong

By Bre Payton

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced Thursday he plans to resign from office amid numerous allegations that he acted inappropriately and sexually harassed multiple women.

“Some of the allegations against me are simply not true,” Franken said on the Senate floor. “Others I remember very differently.”

“I am proud that during my time in the Senate, I have used my power to be a champion of women,” he said. “And that I have earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside every day. I know there is a different picture of me painted over the last few weeks, but I know who I really am.”

On Wednesday, multiple Democratic senators called for Franken to resign after a longtime female staffer said Franken tried to kiss her after taping his radio show in 2006 — an allegation Franken has denied.

“Serving in the United States Senate has been the great honor of my life,” Franken said. “I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator, nothing has brought dishonor on this institution. I am confident that the ethics committee would agree.”

“Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as …read more