Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Friday announced he won’t seek reelection to the U.S. Senate.
He made the announcement in a statement released to the press following a press conference in his Capitol office.
He announced his decision in a letter he sent to Franken’s office, which was released Friday evening.
Franken’s retirement was widely expected.
The Minnesota senator had been in the middle of a sexual misconduct investigation and he had faced allegations of sexual misconduct against other women.
Franken had also been the target of attacks by the left.
He had announced his resignation as a result of the allegations, which surfaced on Wednesday.
“I will not seek re-election to Congress in 2020.
This decision has been made for a number of reasons.
It has been a challenging campaign, and it has included intense personal attacks,” Franken said in the statement.
“For that I am deeply sorry and I am humbled by the support I have received from my colleagues and the country.
I will not be lecturing people about how to behave or be with women in a professional setting, or to make excuses for behavior that I have personally witnessed or experienced. “
This is not the time for me to apologize.
“As I continue to work toward achieving that goal, I look forward to serving our country and the American people for many years to come.” “
Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee, and he has faced calls for him to resign. “
As I continue to work toward achieving that goal, I look forward to serving our country and the American people for many years to come.”
Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee, and he has faced calls for him to resign.
The New York Times and other outlets reported that Franken, who was the longest-serving senator in the history of the United States, had initiated a sexual harassment investigation into the former employee and sought to have the investigation reopened.
He also had an office firebombed in his home.
Franken has denied the allegations.
In his statement, Franken said he was ready to “begin to heal” and that he was focused on “getting back to work as a member of the Senate and a responsible member of our country.”
He also said he wanted to spend time with his wife and children.
His resignation will allow him to begin to heal from these allegations and focus on his work to serve his constituents and make a positive difference for all of us,” the statement read. “
Senator Franken’s resignation comes after he was subjected to attacks and inappropriate behavior by two women in the Senate.
His resignation will allow him to begin to heal from these allegations and focus on his work to serve his constituents and make a positive difference for all of us,” the statement read.
Franken, 67, is a Minnesota native and has been in Washington for nearly four decades.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that he has been battling cancer.
He has not been endorsed by any party, but his wife, Stacey, has.
The Washington Examiner first reported Franken’s decision.
The Democratic caucus is not a supermajority.
It is comprised of Democrats, Republicans, Independents and Libertarians.
Franken is the only Democrat in the current Senate majority and has served in the chamber since 1991.
The Senate is expected to begin debating his term in January.
In the past, Franken has said he is committed to doing the job he has sworn to do and is “not going anywhere.”
Franken’s wife, who has been supportive of the senator, said in a tweet Friday that he would remain active in his job.
“The time is right for me.
It’s time to make amends and move forward with the future,” she said.
The senator’s retirement comes just months after Rep. John Conyers, D -Mich., stepped down after an allegation of sexual assault.
He said in October that he will leave the House of Representatives in 2019 and that his Senate campaign will not take place.
Franken announced his retirement Thursday, just days before the first day of the Congressional Easter recess.
He will serve out the rest of his term as a senator, ending when the 2020 elections are held.