At least six women — three named and three unnamed — have accused Franken of inappropriately touching them. The Senate Ethics Committee has been looking into the allegations.
In his speech on the Senate floor moments ago, Franken said he remembered events differently. Though he said “all women deserve to be heard,” he did not offer an apology during his address to those women who spoke out.
However, he called out President Trump, who was repeatedly accused of sexual assault during his presidential campaign, and Alabama Senate candidate, Roy Moore, who faces accusations that he pursued relationship with teenagers.
Speaking about his career in the Senate, Al Franken said that “it’s all been worth it” and that he “would do it all over again in a heartbeat.”
“I did not grow up wanting to be a politician. I came to this relatively late in life. I had to learn a lot on the fly. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t always fun. I’m not just talking about today. This is a hard thing to do with your life,” he said.
“There will be days when you will wonder whether it’s worth it. Even today, even on the worst day of my political life, I feel like it’s all been worth it,” Franken said.
Franken: “I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office”
While speaking about his own resignation, Sen. 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 who has bragged on tape about his history of 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. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota,” Franken said.
Sen. Al Franken says he will be stepping down in the coming weeks.
“Let me be clear. I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up my voice,” Franken said. “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.”