Franken resigns amid sexual misconduct accusations

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WASHINGTON (CBS) Sen. Al Franken on Thursday announced his resignation on the Senate floor.

"In the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the U.S. Senate," said Franken, D-Minnesota.

Franken was under intense pressure to step down, faced with a growing list of women accusing him of sexual misconduct.

"Some of the allegations against me are simply not true; others, I remember very differently," Franken said.

The Democrat also used the moment to take a swipe at President Trump.

"There is an irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault now sits in the Oval Office," Franken said.

Franken said he had hoped to clear his name through an ethics investigation but he now realizes he could not be an effective senator during that process. The tide turned against Franken Wednesday when 35 of his Democratic colleagues called on him to step down.

"We need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is OK, none of it is acceptable and we as elected leaders should absolutely be held to a higher standard," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York.

Minnesota's Democratic governor will pick someone to fill Franken's seat until a special election next year.

As for Franken, he says he's resigning but he's not giving up his voice.

Congressional Democrats are calling for more transparency regarding cases of sexual harassment. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is pressing for details on the number of claims filed against lawmakers and staffers, as well as the amount of money spent to settle those cases.