Sen Franken Reveals Formal Resignation Date

Two weeks after announcing his resignation from Congress, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Wednesday revealed his official resignation date.

A spokesman for the Minnesota Democrat said that Franken, who recently faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, will step down on Jan. 2.

The many allegations against Franken led to Senate Democrats calling for his resignation as well as the Senate Ethics Committee launching a probe into the allegations last month.

However, some Democrats have recently expressed regret for calling Franken to resign without waiting for “due process” to play out. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said this week, “I have stood for due process throughout my years as a prosecutor and in chairing the Judiciary Committee.”

“I regret not doing that this time. The Ethics Committee should have been allowed to investigate and make its recommendation,” he added.

Earlier in December, Franken announced his resignation on the Senate floor.

“I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on this institution, and I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree. Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said.

The comedian-turned-lawmaker also took a shot at President Donald Trump during his speech, saying he’s “leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office.”

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