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Franken: 'I will be resigning in the coming weeks'

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Minnesota Senator Al Franken will resign in the coming weeks amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations.     

Franken made the announcement on the Senate floor Thursday.

The two-term senator has continuously apologized as women stepped forward numerous times accusing him of sexually inappropriate behavior.

The latest allegation occurred Wednesday and created a firestorm of demands that Franken step down, many of which were female senators.      

Franken narrowly won his Senate seat in 2008 after a prolonged vote count and He has been a fierce opponent of the Trump administration. His political fall has been swift by congressional standards.

Thursday, while speaking about his own resignation, Senator Franken brought up President Trump and the Access Hollywood tape and his support of GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual abuse.

"I am leaving while a man 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. "But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota."

Senator Franken began his speech by talking about the #Me Too movement, saying he thought this was a moment in history. Then, the conversation turned to him.

"We were finally beginning to listen to women about the ways in which men’s actions affect them," Franken said. "That moment was long overdue."

"But in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be respectful," he added. "Because all women deserve to be heard."

He said he remembered some of the women's accusations differently and adding, "I know who I really am."

Franken emphasized, "Let me be clear. I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up my voice. I will continue to stand up for the things I believe in as a citizen and as an activist. Minnesotans deserve a senator who can focus with all her energy on addressing the challenges they face every day."

Franken's departure is the second resignation announced on Capitol Hill in a week. On Tuesday Representative John Conyers, (D) Michigan, announced he would be leaving the House effective immediately amid allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment leveled against him.

"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now. This too shall pass," said Conyers on a local Michigan radio station Tuesday morning.

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