U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) will be leaving the United States Senate in the coming weeks following a string of sexual misconduct allegations.
"I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate." Said Franken.
Several of the former Saturday Night Live star's colleagues pressured Senator Franken to resign after a sixth woman came forward with allegations against the Minnesota Democrat. Over the past few weeks, numerous women ranging from former U.S. soldiers to a former congressional aide have accused Senator Franken of numerous misdeeds.
"I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office." Said Franken on the U.S. Senate Floor.
Senator Franken was referring to President Trump, who in a leaked 2005 Access Hollywood tape, made aggressive commentary regarding women. In his address, the New York Times Best Selling Author also aimed at Alabama Republican Senatorial Candidate Roy Moore. Moore has been under intense scrutiny since women have come forward and accused him of sexual misconduct.
Franken's Impact On Politics
For nine years, Senator Franken played an influential role on several high profile committees. Several committees that Franken participated included the Senate Judiciary Committee, Committee on Indian Affairs, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension, and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He also was the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety and Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and The Law.
Senator Franken also played crucial roles in several high profile hearings including one where he faced off against former colleague Jeff Sessions, who is currently serving as the U.S. Attorney General.
Fallen Public Figures
Senator Franken's resignation is the latest high profile case of public figures who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace.
Several figures such as former NBC newsman Matt Lauer have lost their jobs. Other men including music mogul Russell Simmons have stepped down from their companies, due to these alleged allegations.