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Al Franken Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 31: Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) listens during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing titled 'Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online' on Capitol Hill, October 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee questioned the tech company representatives about attempts by Russian operatives to spread disinformation and purchase political ads on their platforms, and what efforts the companies plan to use to prevent similar incidents in future elections. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Senator Al Franken announced his resignation today due to multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

“It’s become clear that I can’t both pursue the ethics committee process and at the same time remain an effective senator for [the people of Minnesota],” Franken said Thursday on the Senate floor.

Franken also noted the irony that he is resigning while Trump who has been accused of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and Roy Moore, an accused child molester, continues to run for an Alabama Senate seat.

Several Democrats such as Kirstin Gillibrand, Mazie Keiko Hirono, and Kamala Harris called for the Minnesota Senator to step down after a seventh accuser came forward on Wednesday. Franken has been accused of groping and trying to forcibly kiss multiple women throughout his careers as both a comedian and politician.

DNC Chair Tom Perez also urged Franken to resign.

Franken, who was elected to the Senate in 2008, initially resisted calls to step down, saying he felt “ashamed” of his past behavior but insisted he did not remember the alleged instances of harassment and denied some of them outright. However, after seeing the Tuesday resignation of Democratic Rep. John Conyers and his own colleagues calling for his resignation on Wednesday, Franken apparently saw the writing on the wall and realized he had to go.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to name Lieutenant Gov. Tina Smith as Franken’s successor.