Politics: Al Franken slams Trump and Roy Moore in his resignation speech over sexual harassment allegations

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) questions Alex Azar (not pictured) during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Al Franken criticized Donald Trump and Roy Moore for not stepping aside despite harassment allegations.

  • Al Franken resigned from the Senate on Thursday.
  • The Minnesota Democrat had been accused by several women of forcible kissing and groping.
  • In his speech announcing his resignation, he cast blame on President Donald Trump and embattled GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who have also been accused of sexual misconduct.

Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation from the US Senate on Thursday following several allegations of sexual misconduct.

In his speech on the Senate floor, Franken also pointed out that several prominent Republicans, including President Donald Trump and GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama, had rebuffed calls to step aside despite numerous allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against them.

"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault is in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party," Franken said.

Both Trump and Moore have denied the veracity of numerous reports of sexual misconduct leveled against them, and have criticized the outgoing Minnesota senator.