Franken to Resign From U.S. Senate

Franken to Resign From U.S. Senate Click to Enlarge Photo: Associated Press

(KNSI/AP) - Al Franken announced on Thursday morning that he will resign from the U.S. Senate.

The Democrat senator didn’t go quietly - taking a swipe at President Trump in his resignation speech.

"I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assaults sits in the Oval Office."

Franken has been accused by eight women of sexual misconduct over the last several weeks.

He says even though he is leaving he still plans to stay active in politics.

"I may be resigning my seat but I am not giving up my voice. I will continue stand up for the things I believe in as a citizen and as an activist."

Governor Mark Dayton will appoint someone to fill the open seat until a special election can be held in November 2018 when Minnesotans will be voting for governor and Senator Amy Klobuchar's seat.

The winner of the special election would hold Franken's seat until the term is up for election in November 2020.

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