News Wrap: Franken says resignation is ‘about the people of Minnesota’

Updated : Sep 12, 2019 in Articles

News Wrap: Franken says resignation is ‘about the people of Minnesota’


In the day’s other news: Senator Al Franken
announced he’s resigning in the face of sexual misconduct allegations. Dozens of colleagues from his own party demanded
the Minnesota Democrat step down after seven women accused him of unwanted advances. Today, Franken insisted some of the allegations
are false, but he said he can no longer be effective. SEN. AL FRANKEN (D), Minnesota: I, of all people,
am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving, while a man who has bragged
on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has
repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his
party. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota. MILES O’BRIEN: Minnesota’s governor, a Democrat,
will name a temporary successor until voters elect a new senator in 2018. There’s word this evening that Republican
Congressman Trent Franks is also resigning. It comes amid reports that he, too, faces
allegations of sexual misconduct. Franks has represented an Arizona district
in Congress since 2003. FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his
agency today against attacks by the man who appointed him, President Trump. Over the weekend, Mr. Trump charged that the
bureau’s reputation is in tatters because of the way it has handled the investigation
of Russian meddling in the election. Today, Wray answered the criticism at a hearing
of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. CHRISTOPHER WRAY, FBI Director: There is no
finer institution than the FBI, and no finer people than the men and women who work there
and are its very beating heart. The FBI that I see is people, decent people,
committed to the highest principles of integrity, and professionalism, and respect. MILES O’BRIEN: Committee Democrats urged Wray
to push back against the president. Republicans criticized the Russia investigation,
and said members of the special counsel’s team are biased against Mr. Trump. A white former police officer who killed a
unarmed black man in South Carolina is going to prison for 20 years. Michael Slager was sentenced today in federal
court. He pleaded guilty to violating Walter Scott’s
civil rights when he shot Scott in the back in North Charleston in 2015. Last year, a state court jury deadlocked on
murder charges. A federal judge in Michigan has sentenced
former sports doctor Larry Nassar to 60 years in prison for possession of child pornography. He worked at Michigan State University and
USA Gymnastics. Nassar has also pleaded guilty to sexually
assaulting teenage gymnasts. He will be sentenced in those cases next month. In the Middle East, Palestinian protesters
staged demonstrations across the West Bank against President Trump’s decision to recognize
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinian officials say dozens were injured
in clashes with Israeli troops. In Jerusalem, Israelis and Palestinians took
sharply different views of the protests and the president. WOMAN: First of all, we are here in our capital. Second, because my grandmother and the grandmother
for my grandmother, she is here. We are here to speak. This is our capital. WOMAN: It’s been long coming. Jerusalem has de facto been our capital for
many, many years, and we’re happy to have the recognition from the United States, finally. MILES O’BRIEN: The Palestinian Authority urged
the U.N. Security Council to take action when it meets tomorrow. Leaders of the militant group Hamas called
for a new armed uprising. Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrated
in Australia today after parliament voted to legalize the unions. Lawmakers cheered the passage of a bill that
changed the definition of marriage to a union of two people. Spectators sang and clapped from the balcony. The new policy takes effect on Saturday. Back in this country, the U.S. House voted
to fund the federal government through December 22. And the Senate moved to do the same. The temporary measure also includes money
for a popular children’s health insurance program. Meanwhile, President Trump met with Republican
and Democratic congressional leaders to discuss a longer-term funding bill. Both sides voiced hope of making progress. In economic news, General Electric’s power
division announced it will cut 12,000 jobs over the next two years, mostly outside the
U.S. The company says it’s adjusting to rising
demand for alternative energy over coal and other fossil fuels. And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial
average gained 70 points to close at 24211. The Nasdaq rose 36 points, and the S&P 500
picked up seven.

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