Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Six Female Democratic Senators Call on Al Franken to Resign

Six Female Democratic Senators Call on Al Franken to Resign

"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.

The calls for Franken's resignation came as another woman came forward and accused Franken of forcibly kissing her in 2006. He has said he will cooperate with an ongoing investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee. His office issued a statement saying he'll make an announcement Thursday.

More than a dozen Senate Democrats, led by female lawmakers, have called on Franken to step aside. Al Franken, who has faced repeated calls today from colleagues to resign from his post.

Franken was elected in 2008, and became senator in 2009 after months of an election recount.

A Warren aide said she had also told Franken privately that he should quit. "Franken's behavior", said Sen.

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A liberal columnist accused Sen.

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Franken denied that specific allegation, but apologized more generally for episodes in which his behavior crossed the line.

Angus King, I-Maine, who caucuses with Democrats, urged Franken to "listen to the Senate's female leaders".

In addition to Moulton and Hassan, five other Democratic senators - all women - called on Franken to step aside or resign on Wednesday: Kristen Gillibrand, of New York, Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, Kamala Harris, of California and Patty Murray, of Washington.

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In the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and midconduct levied against Sen.

CNN has not verified the accusations in the Politico report.

Al Franken appears to place his hands on model and radio host Leeann Tweeden's breasts in this photo released by Tweeden.

But with accusations mounting, many Democrats - ever mindful of how the scandal could impact their efforts to gain congressional seats in next year's mid-term elections - turned on their colleague.

After that initial account, several other women came forward to say Franken inappropriately touched them.

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Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washignton, who was the only member of the Judiciary Committee to call for Conyers to step down, said the process has been hard but "we're all getting on the same page".

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