SENATOR AL FRANKEN

Trump Critic Announces Run for U.S. Senate Seat In Minnesota

Richard Painter served as chief White House ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A former Republican White House lawyer and prominent critic of President Donald Trump is running for former Sen. Al Franken’s seat. And he’s running as a Democrat. Richard Painter filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission late last week to run for the seat after exploring a bid for more than a month and formally announced…

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to Take Over Franken’s Seat Early January

A specific date for Franken to step down has not been set

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Senator Al Franken says he expects his replacement, Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, to take over his seat in early January. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Smith to take his place until a special election to complete the final two years of Franken’s term. Last week, Franken said he would resign “in coming weeks” following…

Senator Al Franken Resignation: What Comes Next?

He maintains the allegations of sexual harassment against him are not true, but Franken bowed to pressure to step down from almost all of his fellow Democrats. Fox's Mike Emanuel Reports from Washington.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken is resigning, soon. He maintains the allegations of sexual harassment against him are not true, but Franken bowed to pressure to step down from almost all of his fellow Democrats. “Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said…

Franken to Make Announcement Thursday, Female Colleagues Including Heitkamp Call For His Resignation

Several female senators are calling on fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken to resign.

WASHINGTON – Faced with multiple calls for him to resign, Senator Al Franken (D) Minnesota will make an announcement on Thursday. Late Wednesday on his official Twitter account a statement was posted saying, “Senator Franken is talking with his family at this time and plans to make an announcement in D.C. tomorrow. Any reports of a final decision are inaccurate.”…

Army Veteran Accuses Sen. Franken of Groping Her During Photo Op

The Senator is not commenting in person

NATIONAL — An Army veteran is the latest woman to accuse Sen. Al Franken of groping her in December 2003 while she was deployed in Kuwait. She claims the Minnesota Democrat cupped her breast during a photo op. The Senator is not commenting in person. “My office has put out a statement and I’m looking forward to fighting this terrible…

Sen. Franken Says He’s “Embarrassed and Ashamed”

The democrat plans to return to work on Monday

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Senator Al Franken says he plans to return to work Monday and is “embarrassed and ashamed” of the groping allegations against him. The democrat spoke with Minnesota Public Radio this morning along with other news outlets for the first time since four women accused him of misconduct. Franken says, “The ethics committee is looking into…

Staffer: Senator Al Franken Will Not Resign

Senator Accused of Sexual Misconduct During An Incident in 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken is not expected to step down amid claims of sexual misconduct. His staffer told the Star Tribune, “no” on Saturday when asked if Franken would resign. A woman recently accused him of groping and forcibly kissing her without consent in 2006. Senators have called for an ethics investigation into the behavior. Franken…

Minnesota Senator Al Franken Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Franken is facing two accusers. CNN's Omar Jimez reports from Washington

  WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) — New allegations of sexual misconduct are rocking Capitol Hill. Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota is facing two accusers. One of those women says two separate incidents took place on a USO Tour back in 2006, before Franken was a senator. Franken is the latest political figure to be accused of inappropriate sexual conduct. Leeann…

Senator Franken Introduces New Legislation to Help Rural Communities in Minnesota

Franken said that every day the nation's farmers have our backs and he believes we need to have theirs as well.

MINNESOTA — A new package of legislation has been introduced by Senator Al Franken that supports farmers, producers and rural businesses in Minnesota. This proposed change would help them deploy more renewable energy projects and cut energy costs. Sen. Franken said that every day the nation’s farmers have our backs and he believes we need to have theirs as well….

Senator Heitkamp Speaks Out on Health Care Vote

Heitkamp posted videos online of North Dakotans against the Republican health care bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota Senators Al Fraken and Amy Klobuchar and North Dakota’s Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp voted against the procedural motion. Republican Senator John Hoeven voted for it saying “we will continue working to put in place a suitable replacement”. Heitkamp posted videos online of North Dakotans against the Republican health care bill, including a West Fargo woman…