Al Franken Resigns from the Senate

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"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 assaults sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party", Franken said. She also claimed he forcibly kissed her when they were practicing a performance together for troops overseas.

Many, including some of Franken's fellow senators, expect the comedian-turned-lawmaker to resign, despite a Wednesday evening tweet from Franken's official account that said "any reports of a final decision are inaccurate". Franken said he had a different recollection of the skit rehearsal, but said he welcomed a Senate ethics investigation into the allegation.

"I think it's a good thing (he resigned), with all the allegations against him", added another woman. Kemplin, who was deployed to Kuwait at the time, said Franken cupped her right breast when she stood next to him for a photo.

"Al Franken's familiarity was inappropriate and unwanted".

Franken confirmed the suspicions of the political and media worlds today when he announced that he would step aside in light of the various sexual misconduct allegations against him. "We were finally beginning to listen to women about the ways in which men's actions affect them", he said. I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator-nothing-has brought this honor on this institution, and I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree.

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The "people like me" line is a reference to Franken's Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley, an awkward tv host who was known for stroking his own ego in a series called "Daily Affirmation".

Leeann Tweeden posted this photo online that she says was taken while she was asleep on a flight back from a 2006 USO trip. "And that I have earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside every day".

Before Franken announced his impending resignation, celebrities like Alyssa Milano, Amber Tamblyn, and Maggie Gyllenhaal also called out the hypocrisy of the situation. I froze. Then he squeezed.

Tweeden pointed to the seven other women who have come forward with stories of Franken's misconduct, saying that it's "between those women and God, who's lying".

McCollum said that as the state moves forward she is confident that Minn. She says she ducked to avoid his lips.

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