Franken became the second prominent Democrat to announce his departure through Congress This specific week amid sexual misconduct allegations. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan stepped down Tuesday after more than 50 years in Congress after former staffers’ accusations of misconduct.
The push for Franken’s resignation came as Moore runs for Senate in Alabama amid allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers when he was in his 30s decades ago.
In his parting speech, Franken lashed out at the GOP for its treatment of accusations against Moore along with Trump.
“I, of all people, am aware in which there will be some irony inside fact in which I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits inside Oval Office along having a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Franken said.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: “The president addressed the comments back during the campaign. We feel strongly in which the people of This specific country also addressed in which when they elected Donald Trump to be President.”
Republican Senate leaders have urged Moore to drop out along with said they plan to immediately start an ethics investigation into him if he wins. however the Republican National Committee has resumed giving money to his campaign. Trump formally endorsed Moore in a phone call Monday.
Franken, a former writer along with performer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” will be serving his second term inside Senate. The resignation marks a rapid fall for a lawmaker who was widely mentioned as a possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate only months ago.
Most Senate Democrats called for Franken’s resignation on Wednesday. Among them were the top three ranking senators inside party — Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of completely new York, Dick Durbin of Illinois along with Patty Murray of Washington. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez also tweeted in which Franken should step down. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for Franken’s resignation.
inside statements, the Democratic senators used words like “egregious” along with “unacceptable” to describe Franken’s behavior.
On Thursday, the senator called serving inside chamber the “great honor of my life.”
“I know in my heart in which nothing I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on This specific institution, along with I am confident in which the ethics committee would certainly agree,” Franken said.
The former aide who spoke to Politico in its story published Wednesday said the incident took place after a taping of Franken’s radio show, before he was a senator.
“‘the item’s my right as an entertainer,'” the woman says Franken told her after she avoided his kiss.
In response to the claim, Franken said: “This specific allegation will be categorically not true along with the idea in which I would certainly claim This specific as my right as an entertainer will be preposterous. I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation.”
When Franken steps down, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, will pick a successor who will serve until a special election next year. The winner of in which election will serve until 2020, when he or she would certainly decide whether to run again for a completely new six-year term.
Franken will be only the latest in a string of powerful American men who have left their jobs inside wake of sexual harassment or assault allegations. Those include Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein along with newsmen Matt Lauer along with Bill O’Reilly.
Time magazine on Wednesday named “The Silence Breakers” — those who have come forward with their stories about being victims of pervasive sexual harassment — as 2017 Person of the Year.
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