Sen. Al Franken had a very unusual road to politics. Now he’s walking away from Washington, amid sexual harassment allegations, with powerful parting words.
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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
Three weeks after Leeann Tweeden became the first woman to accuse Sen. Al Franken of inappropriately touching her, the Minnesota Democrat announced he would resign from the seat he’s held since 2009 “in the coming weeks.” Tweeden was just the first of more than a dozen women to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct.
In his resignation speech, Franken insisted that some of the allegations weren’t true and that, in other cases, he remembered the incidents differently.
Still, he knew he had to go. And he made sure that his exit included a couple knocks against President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“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 and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” he said.
Also on Capitol Hill: Rep. Trent Franks also announced Thursday he would resign, as the House Ethics Committee said it was investigating him for potential sexual harassment. The Arizona Republican, whose twins were born via surrogate, said he discussed surrogacy with two former female staffers.
Also ALSO on the Hill: That House Ethics Committee was apparently really busy, because it announced that it was investigating Rep. Blake Farenthold, the Texas Republican who used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit a few years ago.
It makes you wonder who else in Congress has been accused of sexual harassment. But…