Al Franken FINALLY Officially Resigns From U.S. Senate

Al Franken announced his intention to resign from the Senate many weeks ago. Some Democrats urged him to do it, then reversed position but he was already damaged goods due to sexual harassment allegations.

Today, he finally resigned officially.

The Star Tribune reported:

Transition time: Franken moves out, Smith moves in

Al Franken resigned from the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

“Serving the State of Minnesota in the U.S. Senate has been a privilege and an honor,” Franken wrote in his letter of resignation to Gov. Mark Dayton. “I am grateful to Minnesotans for their giving me the chance to serve our state and our nation, and I am proud to have worked on their behalf.”

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The resignation became official at noon on Tuesday. That means Minnesota will have just one U.S. senator, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, for roughly 24 hours. Franken’s replacement, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, will be sworn in shortly after Congress reconvenes on Wednesday afternoon for a new session.

Franken’s resignation, which he announced last month, followed a series of allegations by more than a half-dozen women that he had touched or kissed them without permission. Franken initially tried to weather the allegations, but resigned after several dozen of his fellow Democratic senators demanded he step down.

Franken’s resignation letter made no mention of the circumstances around his departure. It was terse, at just 70 words total.

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