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Community Admin 4 Dec 7

Minnesota Senator Al Franken announced Thursday he would step down in the coming weeks.

“Minnesotans deserve a senator who can focus with all her energy on addressing the issues they face every day,” the embattled actor-turned-politician said.

“I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on this institution,” Franken added.

“I know there’s been a very different picture of me painted through the last few weeks, but I know who I really am,” he stated.

“Some of the allegations aren’t true. Others I remember differently.”

Franken also used the moment as an opportunity to take a swipe at President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore: “I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape of his history of sexual assault is in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls has the full support of his party.”

In the past week, Franken was under immense pressure by over twenty members of his own party to resign after several accusers alleged Franken acted inappropriately.

Former Playboy model Leeann Tweeden was the first to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct, in addition to releasing a damning photo of the lawmaker groping her as she slept during a 2006 USO tour.

I’ve decided it’s time to tell my story. #MeToo

— Leeann Tweeden (@LeeannTweeden) November 16, 2017

Last week, Franken held a press conference where he announced he would not step down despite new accusers coming forward.

Just yesterday, Franken also denied reports he was planning to announce his resignation today.

Not accurate, @mpr @Stowydad. No final decision has been made and the Senator is still talking with his family. Please update your story.

— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 6, 2017

EXCLUSIVE video of #Franken's latest grope that turned #Senate Dems against him#AlFranken #AlFrankenResign #SenatorAlFranken #SenAlFranken

— David Knight (@libertytarian) December 7, 2017

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