Al Franken resigns from Senate over sex misconduct claims

"I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", Franken said. Al Franken's Thursday announcement that he will resign following accusations of improper behavior were swift and varied, with Donald Trump Jr. immediately cackling over the development and actresses Bette Midler and Ellen Barkin lamenting Franken's decision.

Franken was the keynote speaker at a September 23 event at the Belmont in downtown Austin.

In a well-coordinated social media attack, 12 of the Senate's 16 Democratic women took to Twitter or Facebook to demand Franken's resignation.

He also stated that some of the allegations against him were untrue and acknowledged the irony of stepping down while President Trump remains in office.

But a fresh allegation on Wednesday unleashed a torrent of Democratic demands that Franken step aside. "I feel bad, and feel bad for his family". Franken denied the allegations, the website said.

But in a defiant speech on the Senate floor, the former Saturday Night Live comic turned loudmouthed liberal lawmaker remained defiant, declining to apologize and charging that "some of the allegations against me are not true".

"His speech was about his experience, his grief, his embarrassment and his pain and had nothing to do with the female experience of what he did against his accusers", Dupuy said.

"I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a Senator - nothing - has brought dishonor on this institution", he added, noting he was shocked at the allegations against him, and painting himself as "a champion of women". "There was no apology". Four women described incidents that allegedly took place before Franken's election to Congress. "It needs to be an ongoing movement of women and men that includes a national discussion about sexism, sexual harassment, objectification, inequality and abuse of power".

If Moore is elected, it could create a political nightmare for Republicans, who have promised an ethics probe. "This was about right and wrong". We are finally addressing the issue of sexual harassment, and we need to get it right. After MPR News reported the planned resignation, a tweet from Franken's official account said it was "not accurate". Tweeden also released a photo of Franken standing over her, with his hands apparently hovering just above her breasts as she slept.

Franken's office pushed back against a report that he will resign. "I shouldn't have done it".

"Nothing has changed except for Gillibrand's own political calculations", he said of her change in tone toward Bill Clinton.

"I know there's been a very different picture of me painted", Franken said.