Senator Al Franken will give a speech before the U.S. Senate today, where he is expected to react to the ongoing controversy about his history of sexual misconduct towards various women. The announcement is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. EST.
For the last several weeks, Franken has been under scrutiny after radio host Leeann Tweeden told the world her story about the former comedian’s inappropriate behavior towards her during a USO tour. Seven other women have come forward with allegations of Franken’s sexual misconduct throughout the years, including two accusers who voiced their claims just yesterday.
In light of these developments, many of Franken’s congressional colleagues have spoken out and said he ought to step down from his position. Many political observers suspect that Franken will use his speech to announce his resignation, though the senator’s staff has denied that a final decision has been made.
There’s been a lot of news regarding sexual harassment recently, and some corners are viewing the calls for Franken’s resignation as a sign that Democrats are trying to take misconduct seriously as a national issue. Others have noted that Franken’s future would reflect on the political dynamics surrounding Roy Moore and his alleged sexual abuse.
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