Senator Al Franken, D-Minn of the United States of America has announced that he will resign from the Senate in the coming weeks.
The senator’s resignation came after a string of allegations of sexual misconduct and mounting pressure from Democratic lawmakers for him to step down.
“Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said during an emotional speech amidst tears from the Senate floor.
His announcement comes a day after 35 Democratic senators called on their embattled colleague to step down.
“Enough is enough,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote of the allegations against Franken in a Facebook post-Wednesday.
“The women who have come forward are brave and I believe them.”
Recall that in November, the two-term senator was swept up in the fast-moving avalanche of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations that have led to high-profile firings and resignations of a number of powerful men in Hollywood and the media.