Female senators call on Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct claims

Female senators call on Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct claims

Sen. Al Franken at Sen. Jeff Sessions' Confirmation Hearing
Sen. Al Franken at Sen. Jeff Sessions' Confirmation Hearing, Photo by Doug Christian

(Update – 2:41 pm EST) 24 Democratic senators have now called on Franken to resign.

End update.

WASHINGTON — Seven female Democratic senators have called on Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign following multiple allegations that he had inappropriately kissed and touched several women.

Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hi.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) have each urged Franken to step down, the first of Franken’s inter-party colleagues to explicitly push for him to step down.

Two male Democratic Senators, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), followed the first seven women and said that Franken should resign.

The calls comes on the day that a new accuser has stepped forward, this time a former Congressional staffer who says that Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after her boss left the room following a taping of his radio show in 2006, according to POLITICO.

“It’s my right as an entertainer,” Franken reportedly said.

Franken told POLITICO that the latest accusation is “categorically not true.”

Six women have previously come forward to accuse Franken of forcibly kissing or groping them.

Franken has declined to resign, saying that the allegations should be investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee. He also has declined to answer questions from TMN on whether John Conyers (D-Mich.) should have resigned after he faced sexual harassment complaints and at least one of his alleged victims was paid thousands of dollars from a House fund after filing a complaint. Conyers retired yesterday.

The Senator has said that the allegations against him should be taken seriously, but that he recalls the previous incidents differently or not at all.

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