After more than half a dozen women came forward with sexual misconduct claims against Senator Al Franken in recent weeks, the Minnesota Democrat announced his resignation, but not before taking aim at Donald Trump and Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Serving in the United States Senate has been the great honor of my life. Full floor speech here: https://t.co/jFN5sq0n7b
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 7, 2017
“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assaults sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Franken said during his announcement.
Roy Moore, whom Trump has backed in the Alabama race, has been accused of sexually harassing teen girls during his 30’s. A dozen women have accused Trump of “groping and forced sexual encounters” according to USA Today.
Franken disputed some of the sexual misconduct claims against him, saying, “Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently…I know in my heart, nothing that I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on this institution.”
According to the New York Times just one Republican, Sen. Jeff Flake – a vocal critic of President Trump – arrived in the chamber to hear Franken’s resignation speech.