• Franken’s decision follows calls from fellow Democrats to step down
  • Senator accused by more than six women of groping or trying to kiss them

Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday, becoming the highest ranking US politician yet to step down in the wake of widening allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the media and politics.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Franken said “all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously”.

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