Al Franken announces his resignation as Minnesota senator

The junior senator confirmed he will step down from his Senate seat following accusations of sexual harassment.
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The junior senator confirmed he will step down from his Senate seat following accusations of sexual harassment.
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The Essentials

1. Al Franken has announced he will resign as a Minnesota senator following allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct from several women. He confirmed it in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday morning.

2. "Over the last few weeks a number of women have come forward to talk about how they felt my actions had affected them. I was shocked. I was upset. In response to their claims I wanted to be respectful to that broader conversation, because all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously.

"Some of the allegations against me are simply not true, others I remember very differently. I said at the outset that the ethics committee was the right avenue for these things to be heard.

"I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on this institution. And I am confident the ethics committee would agree. Nevertheless I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the U.S. Senate."

3. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will pick someone to fill his position on an interim basis, ahead of a special election in November 2018. He says he'll make a decision in the next few days.

More coverage on Al Franken's resignation

– What happens next?

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– Watch Al Franken's resignation speech.

Video and a transcript of the speech Franken gave on the senate floor Thursday morning.

– Reaction from politicians and Minnesotans to Franken's resignation.

Mark Dayton, Amy Klobuchar and Keith Ellison are among those who've had their say.

– The rise and fall of Al Franken

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– Franken resignation puts Republicans in a moral quandary.

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– Amid condemnation, plenty of Democratic support remains for Al Franken.

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– A list of all the inappropriate conduct accusations against Al Franken.

Eight people have made accusations of misconduct against the senator. Here's what they said and how he responded.

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