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Al Franken Resigns From Senate Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

While taking the Senate floor on Thursday (December 7), Senator Al Franken of Minnesota announced he’s resigning amid sexual misconduct allegations.

“Today I am announcing that, in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” he said. “I of all people am aware there is some irony I am leaving, while a man who has bragged on tape about history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for Senate with the full support of his party,” he added, referencing Roy Moore.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will be choosing Franken‘s successor, who would fill hit seat until next November.

Al Franken Issues New Apology, Acknowledges He 'Crossed a Line'

Al Franken is speaking out in a new apology after being accused of sexual misconduct by several women.

The Senator from Minnesota has received support over the past week from his former Saturday Night Live co-stars, who expressed that they never experienced any form of harassment from Franken.

In the new apology, Franken says that he’s a “warm person” who likes to “hug people,” but now he realizes he “crossed a line for some women.”

“I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations,” Franken said in the statement (via Associated Press). “I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many. Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that.”

“I’ve thought a lot in recent days about how that could happen, and recognize that I need to be much more careful and sensitive in these situations,” he continued. “I feel terribly that I’ve made some women feel badly and for that I am so sorry, and I want to make sure that never happens again. And let me say again to Minnesotans that I’m sorry for putting them through this and I’m committed to regaining their trust.”

Senator Al Franken Issues Apology After Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Leeann Tweeden, a radio news anchor for Los Angeles’ KABC, has come forward to accuse Senator Al Franken, a former comedian on SNL, of forcibly kissing and groping her during an incident a decade ago.

She alleges they met at a USO show for service members, where they had to perform a sketch that he wrote. The sketch featured a kiss.

“He said to me, ‘We need to rehearse the kiss.’ I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss’,” she said (via NBC News.) “He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable.”

“[He came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth,” she continued. “I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time,” she said. “I felt disgusted and violated.”

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