Senator Al Franken Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Lindsay Menz is seen here during an interview with Nightline

Minnesota Democratic Reps. Tim Walz and Collin Peterson both called for Franken to resign, as did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Republicans are eager to recapture a seat that Franken won in 2008 by a tiny margin and only after a monthslong recount.

"Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party". He had apologized before, saying in a news conference just a few days ago, "I know that I've let a lot of people down".

He noted that he was being forced out while President Donald Trump - who has been accused of worse offences and bragged on a leaked Access Hollywood videotape of grabbing women by their genitalia - emerged unscathed.

After the initial accusations became public, Franken said he would stay in office and work to regain the confidence of the citizens of Minnesota.

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"I know there's been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks but I know who I really am", Franken said. But this moment of reckoning about our friends and colleagues who have been accused of sexual misconduct is necessary, and it is painful. "And that means Senator Franken should step down". "I am confident he will make the right decision".

"I would do it all over again in a heartbeat", he said. CNN has not yet verified the claims in the Politico story, but Franken flatly denied the allegations int he report. Either way, he has never offered the women who came forward the first thing they deserve: a clear explanation of what, if anything, he believes he did wrong and what, if anything, he is committed to changing. "We were finally beginning to listen to women in the ways in which men's actions affect them".

"A number of women have come forward", Franken said, quickly summarizing the now nine allegations of sexual harassment.

And most importantly, by offering a vague denial of the reports by his accusers, he encouraged voters to doubt and shame them. He could do so in a way that helped a cause he claims to care about - protecting women from men's abuses of power - or he could preserve some of his own reputation at the cost of harming that cause. Roy Moore, Jones' Republican opponent in next week's special election, is being backed by the Republican National Committee and many GOP lawmakers, despite the multiple child molestation and other sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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