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12/20/2017 03:47 pm ET Updated Dec 20, 2017

Al Franken Will Leave Senate In Early January

The Democratic senator announced his plans to resign earlier this month in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

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)

Senator Al Franken walks out to speak to the media outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on November 27, 201
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Senator Al Franken walks out to speak to the media outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on November 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)
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