Al Franken Is Out

I was excited for that conversation and hopeful that it would result in real change that made life better for women all across the country and in every part of our society. He said he regretted that, in his initial shock, he gave the "false impression" that he was "admitting to things he hadn't done".

Franken is an actor who appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and an author who narrowly won his Senate seat in 2008 after a prolonged vote count. Franken denied the allegations, the website said. In a statement to CNN, Franken said that he did not remember taking the picture and that he felt "badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected".

The "Me too" movement has claimed another scalp with a leading Democratic Senator and former TV star Al Franken forced to resign.

"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact I am leaving while a man who bragged on tape about his history of the sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party", Franken said.

"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.

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But a fresh allegation on Wednesday unleashed a torrent of Democratic demands that Franken step aside.

"As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards - not the lowest", Ms. Gillibrand wrote on Facebook. The allegations against Sen. Four women described incidents that allegedly took place before Franken's election to Congress.

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. "We must not lose sight that this watershed moment is bigger than any one industry, any one party, or any one person". He believed the Senate Select Committee on Ethics was the appropriate venue for managing those accusations. The way we treat women in our country has been abysmal in nearly every way.

The push for Franken's resignation comes as ex-judge Roy Moore runs for Senate in Alabama amid allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers when he was in his 30s decades ago. "The truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories". Schumer also had a meeting at his apartment with Franken and his wife, urging the senator to step down.

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