Democrat Franken to leave US Senate on Jan. 2

WASHINGTON - US 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 January 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.
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