Franken to Quit Senate Amid Turmoil Over Misconduct Allegations

Dec. 7, 2017, 5:25 PM

Senator Al Franken announced Dec. 7 he’ll resign to end the turmoil over allegations that he groped or tried to forcibly kiss several women after more than half of his Democratic colleagues demanded he step down to make clear that mistreatment of women is unacceptable.

Franken, a leader of his party’s liberal wing who was seen as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, is the latest man in a high-profile position to be brought down amid a shift in U.S. culture that increasingly treats sexual misconduct with zero tolerance.

“I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning ...

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