Senators Call on Al Franken Not to Resign Amid Sexual Abuse Charges

Senators Call on Al Franken Not to Resign Amid Sexual Abuse Charges

Sen. Al Franken will resign on January 2 and get replaced by Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith a day later, NBC News reported Wednesday. Joe Manchin and Vermont Sen. The speech was disappointing to many because Franken appeared to deny the allegations.

"When I leave the Senate in a few weeks, I will continue to try to be an educated citizen and an advocate and an activist", he said.

Franken, the target of sexual harassment allegations, has announced he will resign. "I think if he had chose to stay, he would have found a lot of support". As allegations continued to trickle out, though, his fellow Democratic senators pulled their support from Franken and urged him to resign. "I look forward to working with her on ensuring a speedy and seamless transition", Franken said recently in a statement.

Both were missing in the hasty call for Senator Franken's resignation.

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He'd hoped to make his case to the Senate Ethics Committee that his behavior shouldn't require him to give up the seat. And the only thing I'll ask for is expedite, put extra investigators, do whatever you have to, to go through this investigation, through the ethics.

Days after Franken said he planned to step down, Minnesota's Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton chose Smith as his successor.

A special election will be held in Minnesota to permanently fill the seat timed to next year's midterm elections in November. But Franken did not give a date at that time. And now that there is no political gain to be had from forcing Franken out, two Democrat senators are publicly stating their regrets, while two others are sneakily privately telling journalists they also regret their haste in joining the mob demanding the end of Franken's political career.

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