U.S. senator resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations

08 December, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Sen. Al Franken AP

Disgraced Sen. Al Franken resigned his seat on Thursday after a growing tsunami of sexual misconduct and assault charges prompted even his Democratic colleagues to abandon him.

"Let me be clear, I may be resigning my seat but I am not giving up my voice", the Minnesota Democrat said from the Senate floor.

"I was shocked, I was upset, but in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation", Franken said.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said he has not yet decided on who he will appoint to fill Franken's seat, but expects to make a decision shortly. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. He says some of the allegations against him are false, while others he "remembers differently".

Contrast that with Franken's statement, at a news conference late last month, that, "there are some women, and one is too many, who feel that I have done something disrespectful that's hurt them, and for that I am tremendously sorry".

Mueller's Team Spent $3.2M On Russia Probe From May Through September
Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election and Trump has called the special counsel's investigation a "witch hunt". Mueller filed charges against Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates on October 30.

The push for Franken's resignation comes as ex-judge Roy Moore runs for Senate in Alabama amid allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers when he was in his 30s decades ago. "I will continue to stand up for the things I believe in as a citizen and as an activist", Franken said.

With support from fellow Democrats vanishing, Franken had a stark decision to make: heed the calls to leave, and allow the party to close ranks and try to gain the moral high ground amid a tidal wave of sexual harassment allegations that have lashed the political world - or stay and fight. Franken has denied some of the accused actions and apologized for others.

Seventeen male colleagues followed, including top Democrat Chuck Schumer, who heaped major pressure on Franken by issuing a statement saying he should step down "immediately".

There will be a special election in November 2018 for Minnesota voters to officially elect a replacement for the remainder of Franken's term. Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate.

Then on Wednesday, Politico reported a former Democratic congressional aide said Franken tried to kiss her forcibly in 2006.

Yemen's Saleh killed in ambush
He remained, however, a key player in the years that followed and played a pivotal role in the country's ongoing conflict. The Houthis accused Saleh of betrayal, and vowed to keep up the fight against the Saudi-led coalition.

In the Senate, in addition to casting what was arguably the deciding vote to pass the Affordable Care Act, Franken has focused on advocating for the rights of women.

Franken repeatedly emphasized his respect for women.

"I would do it all over again in a heartbeat", he said.

Franken was the keynote speaker at a September 23 event at the Belmont in downtown Austin. Franken said the accusations against him do not match up with who he is. A few appeared to wipe tears from their eyes.

Iran opens $1 bn extension at gateway port to Afghanistan
Chabahar also has an global airport and Iran's Navy and Air Force have bases in the city, adding to the ports value. The inauguration of the Phase I of Shahid Beheshti Port at Chabahar , done by Iran's President Dr.

Recommended:

  • Men: Dark Phoenix will feature the team's first trip into outer space

    Men: Dark Phoenix will feature the team's first trip into outer space

    There's also a new close-up of Mystique's makeover, which can be found in the gallery below. X-Men: Dark Phoenix retains much of its star studded cast from the previous films.
    Amazon Prime Video Finally Available on Apple TV

    Amazon Prime Video Finally Available on Apple TV

    Now everyone can take a deep breath and relax: Amazon Prime Video is only a button click away on your Apple TV device. Beyond that, the app will be immediately familiar if you've used it on any other streaming or mobile device recently.
    Found the oldest supermassive black hole

    Found the oldest supermassive black hole

    Astronomers believe that the black hole was formed in a universe which was about half neutral and half ionized. The black hole is even more puzzling because of what was happening in the universe at that time.
  • Singapore Airlines Reroutes Flights Around North Korean Missile Paths

    Singapore Airlines Reroutes Flights Around North Korean Missile Paths

    A plane takes off near the control tower at San Francisco International Airport on February 25, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif. But he said that while such missiles posed a danger to commercial flights, the risk was "low in terms of probability".
    Militants attack army convoy in south Kashmir, two soldiers injured

    Militants attack army convoy in south Kashmir, two soldiers injured

    He said another soldier was injured in the firefight. "The injured was rushed to a hospital", they said. Meanwhile, people, mostly youths hit the streets, trying to disrupt the search operation in the area.
    Where to get freebies and discounts for National Cookie Day

    Where to get freebies and discounts for National Cookie Day

    Celebrate with the #CookieBonBite Equal parts bon, cookie, and awesome - buy one and get an 8 oz @fairlife while supplies last. DoubleTree : The Hilton hotel brand known for its warm cookies announced in a National Cookie Day news release that its U.S.
  • Austria becomes latest European country to legalise same-sex marriage

    Austria becomes latest European country to legalise same-sex marriage

    Despite the country's soon-coming legalization of marriage equality , it still lags behind in other rights. The Homosexual Initiative Vienna (HOSI) welcomed the court's decision.
    US Supreme Court appears divided in 'gay wedding cake' case

    US Supreme Court appears divided in 'gay wedding cake' case

    They fear that if the Supreme Court ultimately sides with Phillips, it will diminish its landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Phillips' lawyer claims that the baker is an artist and should not be forced to express what the government dictates.
    Apple to Pay Ireland Billions in Back Taxes

    Apple to Pay Ireland Billions in Back Taxes

    Since then though, it seems that Apple has reached an agreement with Ireland to pay back €13 billion in back taxes. The $15,4 billion will start flowing into Irish coffers in Q1 2018, but Apple continues to deny any wrongdoing.
  • Messi forgoes opportunity to be the world's highest paid player

    Messi forgoes opportunity to be the world's highest paid player

    Messi, however, believes they should have celebrated at least two victories. "It was never going to happen". Right now we're not far off, but there are better sides than us such as Brazil, Germany, France and Spain".
    New Portal Game Unveiled

    New Portal Game Unveiled

    This game will embrace the world of Valve's Portal franchise and will release - as a standalone title - on December 20th. Bridge Constructor originally released on PC in 2012 before coming to mobile devices and consoles.
    Amazon Prime hits Singapore with a bang

    Amazon Prime hits Singapore with a bang

    These services would be sought now that the American retailer has ended its Free AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping service to Singapore. LiveUp offers users benefits such as rebates and discounts for RedMart, Netflix, Uber, UberEats and Taobao Collection.


Popular

Gowdy Rebuffs Dem Request To Probe Whistleblower's Mike Flynn Claims
Mr Cummings said the source was "authentic, credible, and reliable", and offered to introduce the individual to Mr Gowdy. ACU Strategic Partners has declined comment or make Mr Copson available for an interview.

Alabama's Jeremy Pruitt set to take Tennessee gig
Twice Pruitt has been named a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes annually to the top college football assistant coach. Prior to his time in Tuscaloosa, Pruitt served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia (2014-15) and Florida State (2013).

Google Maps Introduced 'Two-wheeler Mode' Showing Faster Routes to the Bike Riders
According to Google's official blog post, "Another India-first feature is the new "two-wheeler mode" in Google Maps". While planning the route, a rider can view major local landmarks on the way which will be useful during navigation.

Batten down the hatches: Met Éireann issue warning to 7 counties
Transport networks face widespread disruption and power cuts are possible as a result of the extreme weather, the forecaster said. There will be potentially damaging gusts of up to 80mph there, with higher speeds possible across the Northern and Western Isles.

Facebook for kids: welcome to messenger for six-year-olds
The service will not allow for the children to add their own friends or even deleting messages - only parents can do that. Facebook made a big announcement on this week: The company has launched a messaging app that's designed just for kids.

Michael Flynn Promised Ex-Partner That Russia Sanctions Would Be 'Ripped Up'
ACU was pushing a nuclear project in the Middle East that Flynn is said to have lobbied for while in the White House. Flynn said on a federal filing that he served as an advisor to the company between April 2015 and June 2016.

Indian Premier League franchises allowed to retain upto five players
The Governing Council meeting was attended by the members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). When news filtered in on Wednesday on IPL player retention, there was relief and joy in the Chennai Super Kings camp.

Ex-Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed by Houthi forces
Residents in the capital of Sanaa mired in the humanitarian catastrophe said that they had witnessed the explosion at Saleh's home.

Conyers To Retire Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
Reed has said Conyers' health would be the paramount consideration in whether he decides to step down from his House seat. The elder Conyers, however, continued to deny the allegations leveled against him.

Santa Cares brings comfort to parents with special needs children
Breanne Hartfield, a parent, says she found out about the event through Facebook and couldn't pass up the opportunity. The report says it's unknown who took the full Santa Claus suit and an extra hat from a back room at the mall.