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Top Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), backed on Thursday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) call for a Senate ethics investigation into the recent sexual assault allegations against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

“Sexual harassment is never acceptable and must not be tolerated,” Schumer tweeted and also called for the Ethics Committee to “fully investigate” the allegations.

Schumer's comments follow former model and current morning radio host Leeann Tweeden accusing Franken on Thursday of pressuring her to kiss him during a rehearsal for a 2006 USO Tour. She also provided photographic evidence of the comedian-turned-senator appearing to grope her while she was asleep.

Earlier on Thursday, McConnell called for the Ethics Committee to investigate the allegations against Franken, adding, “Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else.”

Other leaders in the Democratic Party have also denounced Franken's actions in light of the allegations, including Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who recently shared her own experience with sexual harassment.

McCaskill said she is “shocked and concerned” following the allegations, and called Franken's alleged behavior “completely unacceptable.”

“Comedy is no excuse for inappropriate conduct, and I believe there should be an ethics investigation,” she added.

McCaskill seems to be referencing Franken's initial statement on the sexual misconduct allegations in which he claimed the picture of him appearing to grope Tweeden “was clearly intended to be funny.”

When reporters on Capitol Hill asked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) if she believed the woman who stepped forward on Thursday accusing Franken of groping and kissing her during a USO Tour in 2006, the New York senator replied: “I do.”

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the highest ranking female senator, also backed calls for ethics investigation into Franken's “unacceptable behavior” calling it “extremely disappointing.”

Other Congressional Democrats also tweeted their reactions to the allegations against Franken, with most pushing for an ethics investigation:

The allegations against Franken come amid mounting pressure for both Congress to address rumored and alleged culture of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, as well for victims to name those who perpetrator those actions.

On Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called for the lawmakers accused of sexual harassment to be named, saying, “Name them. Just get it out. Lay it out. Change the rules so people can come to work without being harassed.”

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