Texas Democrats will keep money raised at event headlined by Al Franken

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On Wednesday morning, journalist Tina Dupuy accused Sen.

"Serving in the United States Senate has been the honor of my life", Franken said, choking up as he read his remarks, and vowing to stay active in public life. Let me be clear, I may be resigning my seat, but I'm not giving up my voice. But in responding to their claims I also wanted to be respectful of the broader conversation, because all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously.

"Over the last few weeks a number of women have come forward to talk about how my actions had affected them", said Franken. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true.

"I know there's been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks but I know who I really am", Franken said.

He noted that he was being forced out while President Donald Trump - who has been accused of worse offences and bragged on a leaked Access Hollywood videotape of grabbing women by their genitalia - emerged unscathed. Republicans, who hold a 52-48 majority, are now on the hunt for a top-tier candidate in a politically competitive state where President Donald Trump lost by less than 2 percentage points previous year, reported NBC News. "I will continue to stand up for the things I believe in", he said during a speech on the Senate floor. They're also hoping the sexual harassment scandal that engulfed Franken will saddle Democrats with enough baggage to help Republicans break through in 2018.

Seventeen male colleagues followed, including top Democrat Chuck Schumer, who heaped major pressure on Franken by issuing a statement saying he should step down "immediately". The victor of that election will serve until 2020, when he or she would decide whether to run again for a new six-year term.

Senate Majority Leader Sen.

Ex-Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed by Houthi forces
A mortar shell also struck the Sana'a International Airport today amid increasing clashes between the Houthis and Saleh loyalists. Earlier media reports indicated that Houthi rebels, Saleh's former allies-turned-rivals, blew up his residence in Sanaa .

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday morning, December 7, 2017.

On the Democratic side, Franken's departure adds to the strain for a party trying to cut into the GOP's two-seat margin in the Senate while having to defend many more seats.

In the Senate, in addition to casting what was arguably the deciding vote to pass the Affordable Care Act, Franken has focused on advocating for the rights of women.

Several lawmakers who knew Franken well have said they were "shocked and disappointed" to learn that there was such a stark contrast between his political advocacy for women and his alleged private behavior.

"Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party".

"I would do it all over again in a heartbeat", he said.

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