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Franken to quit Senate amid sexual misconduct allegations

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Democratic Senator and ex-comedian Al Franken has said he plans to quit “in the coming weeks” after string of sexual harassment allegations.

“I am proud that during my time in the Senate that I have used my power to be a champion of women,” the Minnesota senator said from the US Senate floor.

The announcement came after dozens of Democrats called on him to resign.

He is the most prominent political figure to resign amid a wave of sexual misconduct allegations.

“Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States senate,” he told his colleagues on Thursday.

“I may be resigning my seat but I am not giving up my voice.”

The former Saturday Night Live comedian and two-term senator has apologised to several women who have accused him of groping and sexual harassment, but he faced mounting pressure to resign after a new allegation emerged on Wednesday.

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Mr Franken arrived at the Capitol holding hands with his wife

“Some allegations against me simply are not true,” he said adding “there has been a very different picture of me painted over the last couple of weeks”.

“But I know who I really am,” he said.

“I’m going to be just fine.”

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