Senator Al Franken of Minnesta has RESIGNED from the US Senate amid sexual harassment exposures from his past.

 But the wording he utilized in his speech on the Senate floor today, also mentioned "in the coming weeks."  It seems he __may__ be trying to shutdown criticism with the hope of snaking his way into remaining in office. 

Franken said he would resign from the U.S. Senate on Thursday following mounting allegations of sexual harassment and loss of support by fellow Democrats, a stunning and rapid fall for a Minnesota politician who followed decades as a successful TV comic with a rise to the highest echelons of U.S. political power.

“Minnesotans deserve a senator who can focus with all her energy on addressing the issues they face every day,” Franken said in speech late Thursday morning on the floor of the U.S. Senate. He said he would resign “in the coming weeks.”

Franken said that “I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on this institution.” But he said he determined he could no longer be an effective senator for Minnesota.

 

 

While stressing he wanted to be respectful of what he called a broader conversation about mistreatment of women by powerful men, Franken sought to clear his name of the allegations against him.

“I know there’s been a very different picture of me painted through the last few weeks, but I know who I really am,” Franken said. Of the claims against him by more than half a dozen women, he said: “Some of the allegations aren’t true. Others I remember differently.”

 

 

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