U.S. Senator Al Franken, facing pressure from his fellow Democrats to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct, will announce his decision on Thursday.
He also described himself as "a champion of women", but acknowledged that "all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously", and said he would resign in the "coming weeks". "I may be resigning my seat, but I'm not giving up my voice".
"I was shocked, I was upset, but in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation", Franken said.
Under Dayton's reported plan, Smith would serve only as a placeholder until a special election - held in November 2018 - which would give the people of Minnesota the opportunity to elect someone to serve the remaining two years of what was supposed to be Franken's six-year term.
But they had lost patience with the growing tally of allegations and paved the path for Mr Franken's exit. There is, he said, a "false impression that I was admitting to doing things I haven't done", and characterized some of the allegations as "simply not true", while others, he indicated "I remember very differently".
"I know who I really am", he said.
Trump has since gone on to support Alabama judge Roy Moore who is running for the Senate amid a torrent of sexual assault allegations, some of which come from women who charge him with assaulting them when they were minors.
Franken quit just a day after new allegations brought the number of women alleging misconduct by him to at least eight.
Mr Franken had gained respect as a serious politician in recent years and has even been mentioned in talk about the 2020 presidential campaign.
Photo Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, arrived for a committee hearing last month. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for Franken'sresignation. Harry Reid, D-Nev., right, sits with Minnesota Democrat Senate hopeful Al Franken in Reid's office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009.
He did not provide specifics - nor did he apologize in Thursday's speech.
He noted that he was being forced out while President Donald Trump - who has been accused of worse offences and bragged on a leaked Access Hollywood videotape of grabbing women by their genitalia - emerged unscathed.
Franken - a former comedian who made his name on the popular late-night show "Saturday Night Live" - announced his decision in an emotional yet somewhat defiant address from the floor of the Senate, where dozens of his colleagues had demanded he step down.
"I would do it all over again in a heartbeat", he said.
Franken was the keynote speaker at a September 23 event at the Belmont in downtown Austin.
In a well-coordinated social media attack, 12 of the Senate's 16 Democratic women took to Twitter or Facebook to demand Franken's resignation. A few appeared to wipe tears from their eyes.
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