At Least a Dozen Senate Democrats Call for Franken's Resignation Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

| DEC 6, 2017 | 5:13 PM
Al Franken questions James Comey (CNN screen grab)

UPDATE [12/6/17, 2:22 p.m. ET]:

Nearly two dozen Democrats called for Franken's resignation, according to NBC News. Shortly after Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement suggesting that Franken should leave his seat in the senate:

Original Story:

On Wednesday, Democratic senators began calling for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign following a fresh allegation of sexual harassment that day:

The group, according to Fox News, included Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

After the initial group came forward to call for Franken's resignation, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez joined. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) did as well:

Hirono, who initially said resignation calls were a “distraction,” said she could no longer “excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women”:

Franken will reportedly make an unspecified announcement on Thursday:

He came under fire after a radio host and former model, Leeann Tweeden, released a photo of Franken appearing to grope her breasts while she slept. While on a USO tour in 2006, Tweeden claimed, Franken gave her an unwanted kiss during a rehearsal for one of their joint performances.

Politico reported on Wednesday that another woman claimed Franken tried to forcibly kiss her, something Franken later denied.

Even with Franken's multiple apologies and a pending Ethics Committee investigation, Gillibrand said Franken should step aside:

“As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards — not the lowest,” she said.