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Watch Al Franken Announce Resignation After Misconduct Allegations

Sen. Al Franken AP

US Senator Al Franken said Thursday he will resign in the face of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against him, becoming the second prominent Democrat to be forced out in a week over the snowballing harassment allegations convulsing the country.

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine is asking about the number of sexual harassment claims filed against senators and staffers, along with the amount of money spent on settlement of harassment cases. "It's not how it works", said Stephanie Kemplin, an Army veteran who says Franken groped her breast as she posed for a photo with him during a USO tour 14 years ago.

Serving in the United States Senate has been the great honor of my life. I don't respect men who don't.

"Some of the allegations against me are simply not true", he said. "It needs to be an ongoing movement of women and men that includes a national discussion about sexism, sexual harassment, objectification, inequality and abuse of power". Franken of sexual misconduct in a piece published by The Atlantic.

The former aide who spoke to Politico said the incident took place after a taping of Franken's radio show, before he was a senator.

"I was shocked, I was upset, but in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation", Franken said. "I am confident he will make the right decision".

During the final days of last year's presidential race, an audio recording was released in which President Donald Trump was heard explicitly bragging about grabbing women's genitalia, but he secured America's highest office nonetheless after apologizing.

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Moore has denied the accusations, but Trump's endorsement as well as the support of most of the Republican Party for the accused child molester has drawn fierce criticism.

For weeks now various Democratic groups and candidates have been giving back money received from Franken or his political PAC.

But a majority of the Senate's Democrats called on the two-term lawmaker to quit after a woman emerged Wednesday morning saying he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006.

Franken had been popular on the Democratic Party fundraising circuit until the sexual misconduct allegations arose.

Gillibrand was one of the first to call for Franken's resignation, and also slammed allegations of forcible rape against President Clinton, Carlson said.

If Moore is elected, it could create a political nightmare for Republicans, who have promised an ethics probe.

"I extend my deepest regrets to the women, who have had to endure their unwanted experiences with Senator Franken".

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