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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., center, walks to his car as he leaves the Capitol after speaking on the Senate floor Thursday. Franken said he will resign from the Senate in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., center, walks to his car as he leaves the Capitol after speaking on the Senate floor Thursday. Franken said he will resign from the Senate in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Democratic Sen. Al Franken from Minnesota announced his resignation from the Senate following intense pressure from 32 other Senate Democrats who called for him to step down following accusations of sexual misconduct.

The accusations are from at least six women who say he touched them inappropriately. Most of the alleged incidents took place before he was a senator. Franken said he denies many of their claims or remembers others differently.

Senate Democrats' drive to force Franken's resignation stands in stark contrast how the Republican Party is rallying in support of Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate who's accused of sexually pursuing teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

"I am aware there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who preys on young girls campaigns for the Senate with full support of his party," Franken said on the Senate floor.

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Stephen Lynch, congressman serving the 8th district of Massachusetts. He tweets @RepStephenLynch.

Sahil Kapur, national political reporter for Bloomberg Politics. He tweets @sahilkapur

This segment aired on December 7, 2017.

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