From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced Thursday that he intends to resign from his post “in the coming weeks,” according to NPR.
Franken made a statement Thursday on the Senate floor, during which he referred to his time in the Senate as “the great honor of my life.”
Multiple allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against the Senator, with some coming during his time in office and others occurring before.
Included in his remarks were jabs at President Donald Trump and Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
He said it is ironic that he is stepping down “…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.”
“I am proud that during my time in the Senate I have used my power to be a champion of women and that I have earned a reputation as someone that respects the women I work alongside every day,” Franken said. “I know there has been a very different picture of me painted in the last few weeks, but I know who I really am.”
Multiple Democrats, including most of the women in the Senate Democratic Caucus — called for Franken to resign on Wednesday. Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez agreed that Franken should step down.