Al Franken Makes Announcement While Under Pressure to Resign Over Allegations

Posted December 10, 2017

Whether or not you agree with his political stances, Franken applied himself in the Senate with intelligence and vigor. "I know there has been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks, but I know who I really am". Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken put his hand on her buttocks in 2010 while posing for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair. "It's like I was no longer a person, only ornamental".

"He's taking no ownership, and I just feel that he's calling all of us liars", she said.

Two women who remained anonymous allege that Franken touched their buttocks during events for his first campaign for Senate.

Though the writing appeared to be on the wall, Franken's departure was not certain. She said Franken cupped her breast during a photo opp.

Franken returns to work and says he knows he "let a lot of people down".

Stephanie Kemplin, 41, accused the Minnesota lawmaker of groping her in December 2003 during a USO tour in Kuwait. And she says Franken told her: "It's my right as an entertainer". If he is innocent as he claims (he says some of the allegations were untrue and he remembers the rest differently than his accusers) and if he is as confident that the Ethics Committee would vindicate him as he says, he shouldn't be resigning.

If this were strictly a partisan witch hunt, it's hard to believe that five liberals (including at least one who still voted for him after the groping incident) would be willing to come forward.

Comedian-turned-U.S. Senator Al Franken has resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. According to Politico, the woman, a former Democratic congressional aide, said Franken tried to kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006.

Noting seven other women subsequently came forward with allegations of Franken's misconduct, Tweeden said it is "between those women and God, who's lying".

Once Franken knew he would resign, he had a choice. Within an hour, his office released a statement saying: "Senator Franken will be making an announcement tomorrow".

"Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", Franken said in a speech delivered to the Senate floor on Thursday.

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".