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  1. "Serving in the United States Senate has been the greatest honor of my life," he said.
  2. The Minnesota Democrat said he felt shocked and upset last month when allegations of sexual misconduct started to surface against him last month amid a larger conversation on sexual harassment faced by women.
  3. "In responding to their claims I ... wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation because all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously," he said. "I think that was the right thing to do. I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that in fact I have not done. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently."
  4. He said he was "aware of the irony" that the allegations against him, which include claims that he forcibly kissed and groped women, had led to his resignation while President Donald Trump remains in office and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore continues his run for office.
  5. Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women. Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls.
  6. Minnesota Public Radio reported Wednesday that Franken intended to resign, although a representative for the Democratic lawmaker wrote on Twitter that he had yet to make his decision on whether to resign.
  7. Franken has faced growing calls for his resignation since allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior first surfaced last month. Los Angeles news anchor Leeann Tweeden accused the congressman of forcibly kissing her and groping her as she slept during a USO tour in 2006.

    Franken apologized for the incident.

    Seven other women have come forward to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct. Many of the alleged incidents happened before Franken became a senator in 2009, although at least two, including one reported Wednesday, were alleged to have happened after he was sworn in.

    Freelance journalist Tina DuPuy wrote Wednesday in an article published by The Atlantic that Franken groped her as she posed for a photo with him during a Media Matters party in 2009.

    “We posed for the shot. He immediately put his hand on my waist, grabbing a handful of flesh,” she wrote. “I froze. Then he squeezed. At least twice.”

    Another woman, Lindsay Menz, told CNN last month that she was posing for a photo with Franken at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair when the senator “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, (Franken) put his hand full-fledged on my rear.”

    "It wasn't around my waist. It wasn't around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt," she told CNN. "I was like, ‘Oh my God, what's happening?’"

    In a statement to CNN, Franken said that he felt “badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected,” but he said he didn’t remember taking the photo with her.

    The Senate Ethics Committee announced last week that it was opening a preliminary inquiry into the allegations.

    A group of female senators, all Democrats, called for Franken's resignation Wednesday, before DuPuy's accusations were published.

    “It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women, and he should resign,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire.
  8. Check back for updates on this developing story.
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