Democrat Franken to leave Senate on Jan. 2

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 20, 2017 3:44 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Al Franken, who announced his plans to resign earlier this month in the wake of a series of sexual misconduct allegations, will retire on Jan. 2, a spokesperson for the senator said on Wednesday.

The 66-year-old former comedian from Minnesota had been seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party but he had faced growing calls from fellow Senate Democrats to step down as allegations against him mounted.

(Reporting by Richard Cowawn; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by David Alexander)