Franken resignation the right thing to do

Posted December 10, 2017

But all agreed the allegations against Franken were troubling.

In reference to Trump and Moore, he continued, "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 assaults 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".

Dupuy told CNN's Alisyn Camerota that Franken's speech and the venue where he delivered it were inappropriate. "It's become clear that I can't both pursue the Ethics Committee process and at the same time remain an effective senator for [the people of Minnesota]".

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"I'm saying that he calls himself a champion of women, but he does these things that says to the women, 'you have no ownership over your own body.' That 'your comfort does not matter.' That 'I can touch you and I can do whatever I want to you and it doesn't matter, '" she said.

Though the writing appeared to be on the wall, Franken's departure was not certain.

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". Several said he grabbed their butts or breasts during photo ops. Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin, of Maineville, Ohio, tells CNN that Franken groped her during a USO Christmas tour in the Middle East in 2003.

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Leeann Tweeden posted this photo online that she says was taken while she was asleep on a flight back from a 2006 USO trip.

Two women who came forward with allegations that Minnesota Sen. "It said, 'You don't matter-and I do.' He wanted to cop a feel and he demonstrated he didn't need my permission".

KABC 790AM radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden said her revelations were "not about politics", and she thanked the senators - men and women - who called for Franken's resignation in the wake of a number of women disclosing similar harassment experiences.

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A group of female Democratic senators, and some of their male colleagues, call upon Franken to resign. "Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", Franken said from the Senate floor. "I expected for him to come and share the truth, share what he had experienced, you know, give us some sort of resolve to the situation".