Al Franken announced his “intention to resign” from the Senate a few weeks ago but never mentioned a date. Since then, some Democrats have even called on him to rescind his resignation. Now, Franken has finally set a date for his departure.
The Hill reports:
Franken to resign in early January
Sen. Al Franken will step down on Jan. 2, a spokesman for the Minnesota Democrat said Wednesday.
Franken announced earlier this month that he would resign from the Senate in the face of sexual harassment allegations. But he did not announce a date for when he would officially leave the chamber.
Franken came under fire last month after multiple women accused him of inappropriately touching them. One woman said the comedian-turned-politician forcibly kissed her and groped her during a USO tour in 2006.
The allegations against Franken prompted numerous Democrats in the Senate to call for his resignation. The Senate Ethics Committee launched a probe into the allegations last month.
In a defiant speech on the Senate floor earlier this month, Franken said he was confident that the ethics investigation would clear his name. But he said that he could not adequately represent his constituents while going through the Ethics Committee process, and announced that he would resign “in the coming weeks.”
JUST IN: Sen. Al Franken's final day in office will be January 2, a spokesperson confirms. The senator announced his resignation two weeks ago amid mounting sexual misconduct allegations. pic.twitter.com/5gRL94r0LO
— Yahya Ali (@Yahyaalireal) December 20, 2017
So long, Al!