Senator Al Franken to Speak From Senate Floor Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations


WASHINGTON – Senator Al Franken of Minnesota is scheduled to speak from the Senate floor on Thursday morning, a good evening after his support among Democrats crumbled over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Almost all of the Senate’s Democratic women – & most Democratic men, including the Senate’s top two Democrats – called for Mr. Franken to resign after a sixth woman came forward to charge that he previously made an improper progress on her.

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“Enough is enough,” declared Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of NY.

Mr. Franken’s speech is definitely scheduled for 11:45 a.m.

Over the last three weeks, Mr. Franken offers repeatedly apologized for his behavior, although he in addition has challenged a few of the accusations of impropriety lodged against him. Until Wednesday, he previously said he would remain in his work and work with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation of his case.

But his Democratic colleagues in the Senate made clear on Wednesday that his apologies and admissions were not enough.

The accusations against Mr. Franken include an episode of forcible kissing on a U.S.O. tour before he was elected and many allegations that he groped females as he posed with them for photographs.

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