Democratic senators call for Al Franken to resign

Al Franken resigns from Senate over sex misconduct claims

His fellow Democratic Minnesota senator stopped short of calling for a resignation.

Multiple Democratic senators called on the Minnesota Democrat to resign Wednesday. Al Franken, who has faced repeated calls today from colleagues to resign from his post.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Claire McCaskill, Mazie Hirono, Maggie Hassan, Patty Murray, Kamala Harris, and Tammy Baldwin all released statements on Wednesday morning. "While he's entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve".

"I consider Senator Franken to be a friend and have enjoyed working with him in the Senate in our shared fight to help American families", Gillibrand said in a Facebook statement.

You can add DNC chair Tom Perez to the growing list, which also includes a growing number of Democrats in the Senate.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did not immediately comment, but Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was among those calling for Franken to step aside. He faces a Senate Ethics Committee investigation that arose from those allegations. The allegations of touching and attempted kisses date from when Franken was a comedian. Al Franken to step down.

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"A big part of the national conversation we're having on sexual assault involves listening carefully and with respect to woman".

Franken, the second-term senator who was accused last month by Los Angeles radio personality LeeAnn Tweeden of groping her during a 2006 USO tour, has since been rocked with claims from women who say he grabbed their butts or breasts while posing for photos at events including the Minnesota State Fair.

Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. A woman, not named by the news organization, said Franken tried to kiss her after her boss finished appearing on Franken's radio show in 2006.

On Twitter, Sen. Claire McCaskill wrote simply: "Al Franken should resign". And she says Franken told her: "It's my right as an entertainer". Franken denied the allegation telling Politico in a statement: "This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous".

Mr. Franken has apologized for his behavior but he has disputed some of the allegations.

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