Sen. Al Franken resigns from senate

Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation from the United States Senate on Thursday, Dec. 7. Franken’s resignation comes one day after 35 Democratic senators, many of them women, called for him to step down after 7 women accused him of sexual harassment.

The disgraced lawmaker announced he will clean out his desk in the coming weeks. Franken was expected to resign today after an aide released a statement saying the senator had an announcement to make.

Sen. Al Franken and wife Franni Bryson

The 66-year-old Democrat from Minnesota was accompanied to the Senate Chamber by his wife Franni Bryson.

After announcing his resignation Franken took a bitter jab at President Trump, who famously bragged on tape about having his pick of women who routinely threw themselves at him.

“I, of all people, am aware there is some irony by the fact that I am leaving while a man who bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office,” said Franken.

He also ripped Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who he says “repeatedly preyed on young girls” and “campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party.”

Moore, of Alabama, is expected to be elected to the United States Senate next week, despite allegations of sexual misconduct by several women, some who say they were teenagers when Moore harassed them.

Photos by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images




  • Miss Thang

    This is sad. He is someone I admire. Ugh.

  • Soda

    Back to Saturday Night Live.

  • KLo

    I agree with AL, he did the right thing by resigning?
    there is a p-grabber in the oval office and a pedophile headed to US Senate . Sad and pathetic

  • KLo

    I know

  • GuestSTAR

    So now Republicans will fight for Al’s seat and will likely win it. The Republican Party are supporting/backing their pedophile candidate in Alabama who will win and land on Cap Hill in January. Go figure, SMH.

  • Phillybruh

    Democrats have no back bone!

  • GuestSTAR

    Agree 100%

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    But the top person is still in the oval office you know the ?????? grabber. I wish him well as I loved him as a senator not so much as a comedian.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Me too

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Howdy doody Sessions is happy.

  • justlooking

    Yeah, I always thought his humor was DRY and Stale

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I agree and he was obviously doing stupid ish too then which is sad because he matured.

  • justlooking

    No ma’am Pam. NBC just fired Matty, that ain’t got time for that.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    It’s a strategic move on their part. They feel like if they push out all the sexual harassers in their party, they can use the sex harrasment thing to bash Trump, Roy Moore and the Republicans in 2018 and 2020. It’s a calculated risk on their part but I’m not so sure it’s going to work for them though.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    …But a child assaulter will become Senator from Alabama on December 12th.
    smh

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    oh well, it was the honorable (and only) thing to do. i won’t lie though, i will miss him dog-walking Jeff Sessions’ lying azz in those committee hearings… HOWEVER, Hakeem will be waiting on him at the doe!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUICxECo67s

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I’m just going to say it. Democrats are cowards.

    Trump had over two dozen women come out and accuse him of sexual assault. He admitted to sexually assaulting women. His ex-wife accused him of r.pe.

    Weiner liked to sleep with hookers and harass staff.

    Then you have the pedophile in Alabama running for election.

    None of them have resigned or even hinted at resigning. Their colleagues have come out in SUPPORT of them. But the circumstances of his accusations sound like bs to me. But, he is quitting. I can’t. This is why we can’t win. If you want to win, you have to play the way they play. Miss me with the morality ish. Clearly, what they are doing is NOT working. Tf

  • GuestSTAR

    I knew what they were trying to do when a pack of Dems all of a sudden decided Franken needed to go yesterday, but their plan will fail. Republicans will continue to win seats and Dems will continue to lose seats, including Frankens.
    This country is so upside down now. Everytime I hear someone on the news say Dems got a a chance of taking the House back, I laugh. Dems won’t be winning sht back.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. The could have at least put him through a Senate ethics hearing and see how things go from there. There was no need to just push him out this quick.
    Just proves to me once again that Republicans are waay more clever and strategic than Democrats.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I cant believe Chuck Schumer and/or Nancy Pelosi would even sign off on this. It’s just not smart for their party.

  • CrunchyBlack1

    Just think if hillary clinton had been elected. None of this stuff would be happening, so I see it as a blessing in disguise.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Republicans have no ethics or morals.

    Winning is the only thing Republicans and their constituents care about.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    True because black Democrats are angry that Conyers was forced to resign and now some white progressives are probably upset that Franken was forced to quit so that suppresses the vote for next year’s midterms.

  • Phillybruh

    White women wouldn’t be feeling guilty about not voting for her and that guilt manifesting into this me too campaign. Eventually this turns it will stop when the first head of a white women with power has too roll.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Pelosi needs to retire and I never thought that Schemer was leadership material because he’s too much of a show-boater.

  • GuestSTAR

    I’ve been voting in every election cycle since 1992. I’m at the point where it’s like ‘fok it’, why even bother. I’m done.

  • CrunchyBlack1

    well all they had to do was vote for her ass, but dummies just gotta dumb

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    they’re certainly more shameless. someone brought up the very scenario being cited here. the republican (with a straight face) said that the difference was that Trump and Moore had denied that the incidents ever occurred, while Franken had admitted that his accusers were telling the truth. that’s all the explanation they offered, and then they just continued to circle back to that, no matter how many times the question came up, smh. they have the intestinal fortitude to stand in their lies and hypocrisy… everybody ain’t able *shrug*

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    the end.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ironically one of Bill Clinton’s most famous statements came back to haunt Hillary last year: Democrats fall in love, but Republicans fall in line.

  • Miss Thang

    Democrats are done. They’re the party of giving up, and doing Republicans’ bidding. I’m done.

  • Phillybruh

    They aren’t even in a position to do the bidding, they are just taking up seats at this point.

  • Miss Thang

    That is why they stay winning. Democrats stay losing. Why should I donate my time and money to a party that is hellbent on continuing to lose
    elections?

  • Simone

    Trump’s ex-Wife Ivana Trump said she felt raped after their bitter and ugly divorce. She never said he physically raped her. Please stick to the facts. I just watched her praise him in a recent interview.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I hear you, but be careful though. If too many people think that way, we’ll have Donald Trump winning again in 2020.

  • Phillybruh

    He might be the only one that people come out and vote against…

  • justlooking

    Well unfortunately for dems and fortunately for Pubics there was a photo for Franklin and grabbing by the Cootchie is locker room talk. FACEPALM

  • GuestSTAR

    Good for you.

  • Scromes1212

    Another one bites the dust smh

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    exactly! they basically saying, unless you catch us with a hand in the ‘cookie jar’ we ain’t admitting to sh!#

  • Scromes1212

    There doing a lot of that these days smh your party is in shambles smh

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The problem with Democrats is that they campaign similarly to their policies. Democrats ultimately have no problem with people who have differing opinions.
    OTOH Republicans want to destroy the Democrats and for America to be a single party country.

  • GuestSTAR

    Dems don’t even have a viable candidate to run in 2020.

  • Phillybruh

    I think they are keeping her under raps, she stopped doing the news circuit months ago actually both of them did.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Auntie they raided Cleveland City Hall at night again. That didn’t go so well the last time for executives who are in jail now. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e0f6853b9edf61d5bfe00f9803e8f9ac93aef1476737c5005b9ed9bff2b5a10e.jpg

  • Ozad

    Weiner was a democrat and deserved what he got…. you didn’t include the republican lawmaker that used campaign funds to settle his sexual discrimination case…I totally agree with you..nobody should be resigning until our supposed moral authority the President does!!!

  • Phillybruh

    That’s not what she said at all back then, but change history :)

  • Scromes1212

    “Clearly, what the Dems are doing is not working”
    AT ALL!

  • GuestSTAR

    Kamala & Michelle?

  • Ozad

    Weiner was a democrat and deserved what he got…. you didn’t include the republican lawmaker that used campaign funds to settle his sexual discrimination case…I totally agree with you..nobody should be resigning until our supposed moral authority the President does!!!

  • Phillybruh

    Kamala and Elizabeth

  • Scromes1212

    There going to have to get behind an independent candidate at this point. The party is to damaged

  • Phillybruh

    I think Elizabeth saitisfies the independents and Bernie or Bust people and Kamala is too make sure their largest voting base black women stay with them. I don’t know if dems have any other choice but to run a women candidate with all this me too stuff! I would hope between now and then they allow Elizabeth or Kamala to take the gloves off and go low if they go low.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Ok. Thanks. Keep us updated.

  • Scromes1212

    If there largest voting base is black women then there in serious trouble smh they need to separate themselves from anything that has to do with Hillary first. Donna was trying to do that, in my opinion. And they have to understand they can’t win elections pushing race issues. It’s just not a issue that will win white independents. The liberal democrats don’t need to be catered to. There going to vote democratic regardless so what’s the point in pandering to them?

  • Scromes1212

    The NRA got that new gun law pushed through also. Smh that’s a serious issue. It’s going to cause problems. In my humble opinion.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Right and you have the same mentality.

    You see politics as a sport-who can score the most points ‘wins’ but you don’t care about the consequences of the policy.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    How will it cause problems?
    Gorsuch and his four buddies on the Supreme Court will just vote against ‘states’ rights’.

  • Scromes1212

    Lol yep. And I’m like Kobe against you lol I put up 81 points every time we play lol cut it out. Y’all just don’t want to listen. It’s not like it’s hard. Y’all ran the wrong candidate and everyone said it was the wrong candidate smh then y’all let her cheat. The democrats did this to themselves. Now y’all letting CNN run fake news month after month and y’all are ok with that? Instead of calling them on it?

  • Scromes1212

    So your for it? I want to be clear.

  • JRock

    I am just wondering why they don’t empty out the entire house and senate. No one can convince me that there aren’t other house and senate members (both men and women) who been doing a lot of nasty shit (in my Big Momma House 2 voice). If you force one to go then y’all need to force all of them to go. Moses just opened up the Red Sea and we will see a lot more people in the house and senate resigning.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    WTF are you talking about?

    Trump won because he tapped into white nationalism and now that the tax cut is in congressional conference committee Republicans are now admitting that to pay for the $4 trillion tax cut they are going to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

    Now all of the old and disabled folks who voted for Trump are going to get what they deserve.

    As for CNN I have no idea what your mean except for repeating one of Trump’s talking points.

  • Phillybruh

    Running on the issues causes them to lose, they have to do what the republicans do and run on social issues. And if there was ever a President to run against using those its this one. Hillary lost because the took her balls, she looked frustrated that she couldn’t cut that dude the way the Clintons wanted to do. Because of some notion that she had to be a certain way.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL.

    The GOP has to worry about Trump being primaried by Kascish, Corker, Flake or even Pence.

    Even if Trump wins he will be damaged like Carter was damaged by Kennedy in 1980.

  • Scromes1212

    How many times can you be wrong before you start listening smh like I said, this is the problem. Y’all will never listen. The Democratic Party is full of pretentious no it alls, they have no clue smh

  • Scromes1212

    And yo weird a*s out here capping for Corker smh he ain’t got a chance in hell. He can’t win his own state but he gonna be president? Ok.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I didn’t say any of them would win but they could damage Trump enough to weaken him for the election.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Liberals are the base of the party and many of them stayed home last year because Hillary ran as the cautious centrist but now Democrats better understand something that Obama never learned–this country is very polarized and if you don’t differentiate yourself from the other side and energize people then you’re going to lose.

    As for racial issues we’ll leave that to Trump and his white nationalist fellow traveler Bannon.

  • Scromes1212

    That is exactly the wrong route smh black people and liberals care about social issues and it’s no need to pander to them because they are going to vote democratic no matter who is running. Is that not true? We always vote 90% democratic. They have to focus on independents and white middle class to win elections now days. Tearing down statues and pushing race issues is not going to do it. They had a chance with Bernie but there loyalty to the Clintons messed that up smh

  • Phillybruh

    Social issues is what got Trump the white house because he sure as hell had no plan that he didn’t make up as he went along. Convincing them they they were losing their country was nothing but a social issue.

  • Scromes1212

    Wrong again smh the percentage of liberals that voted is not why she lost. You just don’t get it smh

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I think that Warren is too easy to caricature.

    Kamala would be difficult to pigeonhole because she would like Obama-biracial her mother is from India and her father is black and she’s a lawyer who asks tough questions.

    I love how she had Sessions sputtering and stuttering and begging for mercy–you’re going to fast for me.

    Ha,ha,ha!!

  • Scromes1212

    What social issue are you referring to?

  • GuestSTAR

    Love Kamala, voted for her in 2016. She pushed a program here in California where if you lose your job and are a homeowner, the state will pay your mortgage up until 18 months or until you find another job. When my sister was laid off, she applied, had to send in the normal mortgage related docs and she was approved. Four months in, she found a job and resumed paying on her own.

  • Phillybruh

    They took her out of rotation for a reason. So nothing she says can come back to haunt her. I think the same about Elizabeth but they do need to counter that Bernie crowd before they even get started about that old man running again.

  • JV

    When it first came out that Franken was being accused, I said he should resign. I’m glad he did. If Democrats want to say they support women, they need to prove it. Let others take the low road.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    now that’s real public service!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Actually I am talking about the Pocahontas bs that Trump brings up strategically so that Fox News can claim that she lied to get affirmative action preference by claiming Native American heritage.

  • JV

    It was really Weinstein that started it; Trump was just the precursor.

  • Phillybruh

    Yeah, but she is really effective when she bites him back, she gets under his skin.

  • Phillybruh

    Actually Cosby was the test run.

  • Scromes1212

    Effective at what? Everybody gets under his skin lol

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    2016 was the lowest turnout for a presidential election since 1996 and Republicans always win low-turnout elections and even then Hillary won the overall vote by 3 million while Trump won the electoral college by razor-thin margins in 3 states.

    So don’t tell me turnout wasn’t one of the reasons that Hillary lost.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Hell no I am not for it but how is it going to cause problems?
    The only people who really care about the issue are the NRA and the gun nuts.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Keep an eye on Elizabeth Warren, and also former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe. Either one of them can beat Trump.

  • Scromes1212

    Again, LIBERAL voting percentages where not the reason she lost. Cut it out.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    And let Democrats continue to lose.

  • Scromes1212

    I meant as far society, not politics

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    S1212:The Democratic Party is full of pretentious know it alls?

    No the Democratic Party is a grassroots party who represents the underdogs in society.

    Republicans are a bunch of shiesty used car salesmen

  • Scromes1212

    ALL politicians are a bunch of used car salesman smh

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    There are over 300 million firearms in this country.
    We passed the tipping point a long time ago.

  • JV

    This is silly. Franken is polling at 36% in Minn right now. Even if all you cynically care about is re-elections and majorities, Franken doesn’t help. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will appoint an interm to serve through 2018, so no damage will be done prior. Minni’s reasonably blue, Dems will probably win re-election now that Franken is gone. It’s easy to say “stupid Dems” on its face but it’s not that simple, and electorates are always shifting — Dems policing its own helps build trust, unlike the party across the isle.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    McAuliffe is too ethically challenged and too much of an insider.

  • Scromes1212

    Yeah but now I can take all my guns to New York and be good. There gun laws is part of what keeps there crime down. That is going to change now, trust.

  • JV

    It would help if somebody expounded on what this gun law is, lol, ’cause I don’t know what everybody’s talking about.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Then she can do it via Twitter.

    She’s too big of a target to be on a presidential ticket and her voice is annoying.

  • Scromes1212

    I’m in TN. The new law says I can take all my guns with me anywhere in america based off my TN carry permit. So I can go to New York (which has very strict gun laws) and walk around with my gun based off me having a carry permit in TN.

  • Scromes1212

    See! Smh McAuliffe is a good candidate with a solid chance and y’all already writing him off lol

  • Scromes1212

    You you ain’t got a clue smh you just dissed y’all best two candidates.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Now isn’t November 2018 and I am sure that the Republicans would have nominated someone who was so reprehensible to challenge Franken that Minnesota voters would forgot all about these groping and forcible kissing allegations.

    Furthermore Franken could have lost in the primary next year but you can’t ever give Republicans an inch.

  • JV

    “None of them have resigned or even hinted at resigning.”
    ——————
    Many Democrat voters, when polled, care about this kind of thing more than Republican voters are more policy-driven and skeptical of the news media — meaning they often excuse or ignore things not to their liking.

    It shouldn’t come down to policy because sex assault should not be political, but it is in fact bad policy for Dems to support other Dems accused of this stuff.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Americans don’t want someone they can trust–remember we’re talking politicians here.

    They want someone who will make them feel like winners–that’s why Trump won.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL. Wrong some car salesmen are more honest than others.
    Republicans use bait and switch.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yes Republicans would love for him to be on the Democrats’ 2020 ticket because he’s connected at the hip with the Clintons.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I dissed Elizabeth Warren.
    Kamala is the female Obama.

  • JV

    Are you really trying to tell me that trustworthiness is not important, when in exist 6 in 10 voters did not find her to be trustworthy? That was Trump’s entire campaign slogan, that she’s Dishonest Hillary! Crooked Hillary! Trustworthiness is absolutely important, as it should be.

  • JV

    Ah, thanks for the info. Can’t say I like the sound of that either.

    But not because of you personally!! ;)

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I will

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Wonder if the RNC being here last year has something to do with it. HUD, FBI AND IRS came a knocking late night, this won’t end good for whomever they’ve been investigating.

  • Scromes1212

    Lol

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Welp we shalt see who did what soon I guess.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    America is an emotional country not logical or intellectual and Republicans have mastered the art of manipulating enough Americans to maintain and expand power.

  • hottlanta

    I am just gonna say it white women voted for Dump don’t put that on the Democrats. I was looking at this white woman going to bat for him on Anderson Cooper and just shook my head. Yet white people always accuse black people for taking up for thugs.

  • hottlanta

    Franken you will be fine. You gave Sessions hell.

  • hottlanta

    How can you say Republicans support women when on the day of the inauguration he left his wife at the curb.

  • hottlanta

    Dump got them thinking as President they will be rich. I was ROTFLMAO when he said we gonna get an additional $4000.00 to our income while he gets billions.

  • GuestSTAR

    And millions of those Americans listen to the AM Hate Radio Hosts spewing, propaganda DAILY and watch Faux Newz.

  • nick c

    He was a threat to the women running in 2020 that’s why they pushed him out. This is standard politics better to deal with him now instead during election season.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Poor Franni… She looks like she’s been to hell and back. Democrats need to drain their swamp as well as Republicans. Glad this dinosaur is getting the boot.

  • dontgetblocked

    Knocking down liberals…one idiot at a time. This is what happens when you make a comedian a senator.
    http://www.kabc.com/2017/11/16/leeann-tweeden-on-senator-al-franken/

  • hottlanta

    Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate under fire for alleged sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, apparently believes America was a better place at a time when slavery was still legal.

    Just read that and said wow and the Republicans was suppose to be against slavery and he said America was at a better place when slavery was legal. This guy gonna be in the Senate with all of his Republican friends.

  • hottlanta

    Don’t need to read it because we see what we got when we make a reality show star as President. He turns our reality into a nightmare.

  • JV

    That’s not my suggestion at all. I’m saying Democrats need to draw a clear contrast between themselves and Republicans, who like you said have taken a low road in regard to sexual assault with women (not to mention their actual policies against women, but that’s a different topic). That’s why I think Franken needed to resign, because Republicans don’t have the balls to call out their own like the Dems did with Franken.