Senator Al Franken Resigns Over
Sexual Misconduct Allegations
December 07, 2017
Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday amid a growing
firestorm stemming from sexual misconduct allegations – the second
Democratic lawmaker to announce a departure this week under a cloud of
More than two-dozen fellow Democratic senators had called on Franken to
resign after a news media report quoted a former congressional aide as
saying Franken forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006.
The sexual misconduct allegations against Franken were touched off last
month when Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles radio show host and former
model, said that Franken, when both of them were on a 2006 tour to
entertain U.S. troops in the Mideast, attempted to forcibly kiss her.
Later, she said that when she was sleeping on a military aircraft
returning to the United States, Franken groped her breasts, posting a
picture as evidence showing a smiling Franken.
was two years before Franken was first elected as a senator, but since
then, several women have said Franken groped them when they posed for
pictures with him at public events
On Tuesday, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives,
Michigan Democrat John Conyers, quit in the face of sexual misconduct
allegations against him. House leaders of both parties had called for
his resignation after several women who worked for Conyers accused him
of unwanted sexual advances spanning several years.
Allegations of sexual misconduct have roiled the United States for
weeks, with dozens of powerful men in the world of politics, business,
entertainment and the media losing their jobs after women have come
forward with graphic details of how they were abused.