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"I am announcing that in the next few weeks I will resign as a member of the United States Senate," Franken said in an emotional speech in which he said some of the allegations against him were not true.
The push for Franken's resignation began after a woman came forward last month to say that he had harassed her with an unwanted kiss before becoming a senator and had groped her while he slept.
That indictment set weeks of open deliberation about the political future Last month, Leeann Tweeden, a morning news anchor at AM KABC radio station in Los Angeles, posted his story on the station's website, saying that Franken kissed her forcefully and tempted her in 2006 during an USO tour.
Franken apologized after the publication of his account.
"The first thing I want to do is apologize: with Leeann, with all those who were part of that tour, with all those who worked for me, with all those that I represent, and for all those who count on me to be a Allied and defender and champion of women, there's more I want to say, but first and foremost, and if it's the only thing you care about listening to, it's fine, it's: I'm sorry, "Franken said in the email.
As condemnation Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, requested an investigation of the Senate Ethical Committee on Franken, and Franken said repeatedly that he would cooperate with that investigation.
But in the coming days and weeks, more accusers have come forward.
A woman came forward to CNN to say that Franken, as a senator, grabbed her buttocks while taking a picture at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.
The Huffington Post reported that two more women accused Franken of touching them inappropriately in 2007 and 2008.
Franken went on to speak with the media in his home state of Minnesota, saying he was "embarrassed and ashamed", but hoped to regain the trust of those he disappointed.  An army veteran told CNN later that Franken gr had also used it on an USO tour before becoming a senator. The woman, Stephanie Kemplin, said Franken took her breast while deployed in the Middle East during the Iraq War.
After Kemplin came forward, a spokesman for Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said the Democratic leader would not comment on the allegation against one of his fellow Democrats.
Then on Wednesday Politico reported that a former Democratic aide said Franken tried to kiss her by force in 2006. CNN has not yet verified the claims in Politico's story, but Franken strongly denied the accusations in the report.
Shortly thereafter, New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Franken to resign, and other Democratic senators released statements in quick succession. Within a few hours on Wednesday afternoon, dozens of senators said Franken should leave, including Schumer.
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Franken began his career as a comedy writer in New York, contributing to NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as a writer from his early years in the seventies to the nineties. He went from time to time from the writers' room to the stage, gaining national visibility.
Over the years, Franken switched from politically charged comedy and satire to politics, becoming a liberal voice on the radio and publishing books attacking Republicans. and means on the right.
In some of his books, Franken proposed, with a certain irony, that he would have a political life, perhaps as a senator or even as president.
In the 2008 election, Franken made the idea a reality and challenged Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman.
The 2008 elections saw Democrats across the country on the rise, and as Barack Obama won the presidential election, Franken and Coleman were very close. After a recount, Franken was ahead, and after Coleman's legal challenges, Franken emerged victorious and joined the Senate, giving the Democratic caucus a brief majority.
Franken became liberal on most issues and was a reliable supporter of Obama over the years. He has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, and received applause from many in his party for his sharp interrogation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during hearings of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
After Trump's stunning victory in 2016 and the general poor state of the Democratic Party, Franken's name even came up with some discussions about potential candidates for 2020 to challenge Trump for the presidency.
This story has been updated.