Senator Franken to say whether he will step down
- Author: Kyle Peterson Dec 08, 2017,
Dec 08, 2017, 1:28
This isn't over. The women who made the original allegations are nearly certain to speak out further.
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"And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed", he said. "Others I remember differently".
"I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", Franken said in a heartfelt speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Gillibrand continued, "As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards-not the lowest".
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.
Franken is under intense pressure to step down as allegations of sexual misconduct have mounted, with at least eight women accusing him of acting inappropriately. The allegations against Sen.
In response to the claim, Franken said: "This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous". Four women described incidents that allegedly took place before Franken's election to Congress. He believed the Senate Select Committee on Ethics was the appropriate venue for managing those accusations. "We must not lose sight that this watershed moment is bigger than any one industry, any one party, or any one person".
Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Chris Murphy (CT), Bernie Sanders (VT), and Patrick Leahy (VT) also issued statements or made comments to the press calling for Franken's removal. The way we treat women in our country has been abysmal in nearly every way. "This was about a time and place where people were finally having this conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace". Half of the women who provided their accounts to various media outlets did so on the condition of anonymity.
Trump has since gone on to support Alabama judge Roy Moore who is running for the Senate amid a torrent of sexual assault allegations, some of which come from women who charge him with assaulting them when they were minors.