On Wednesday, calls for Senator Al Franken heated up after more women had come forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment. It was reported he planned to hold a press conference on Thursday. However, Minnesota Public Radio reported they have confirmed Franken will be announcing his resignation.
After their report, however, someone tweeted from Franken’s official Twitter account that the reports were not accurate.
‘Not accurate, @mpr @Stowydad. No final decision has been made and the Senator is still talking with his family. Please update your story.’
Franken was once thought to be a potential 2020 presidential candidate to challenge President Donald Trump. However, news broke in November that he sexually assaulted a woman who was on the same USO tour as he was back in 2006 before he was a senator. Leeann Tweeden, the accuser, provided photographic evidence showing Franken touching or almost touching her breasts while she slept.
— The Irishman (@commonpatriot) November 26, 2017
After the allegations were made, five more women came forward with accusations of sexual assault and harassment. The Washington Post reported over a half-dozen women have made complaints of “unwanted advances or touching.”
On Wednesday, over 20 Democratic senators called for Franken to resign. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) remarked:
‘Enough is enough. We need to draw a line in the sane and say none of it is okay, none of it is acceptable. We as elected leaders should absolutely be held to a higher standard, not a lower standard, and we should fundamentally be valuing women. That is where this debate has to go.’
Whether Franken will resign is up to him; however, he faces a large amount of opposition from within his own party during a tumultuous time in Washington D.C. Though he could continue to serve in the Senate, any hope of a presidential run is basically gone at this point.
The news of a possible resignation from Franken comes after the resignation of longtime Senator John Conyers (D-MI) on Tuesday and the continued controversy surrounding Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who recently received a resounding endorsement from President Donald Trump despite allegations of sexual assault against minors. Furthermore, several celebrities in Hollywood have been outed as sexual predators.
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