Senator Franken resigns after sexual misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday, a day after a majority of his Democratic Senate colleagues called for him to step down following a string of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) listens during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. on March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

“I know in my heart that nothing I’ve done as a senator – nothing – has brought dishonor on this institution,” Franken said on the Senate floor. “Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.”

Reporting by Makini Brice and Maria Caspani; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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