On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined at least 30 other Democrats in calling for his “dear friend” Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) resignation.
“He should step down immediately,” Schumer said, according to NBC News, after noting that he “greatly respect[ed]” Franken's accomplishments. “He has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate.”
Schumer followed dozens of his Democratic colleagues, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), calling on Wednesday for Franken's resignation amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Although Franken apologized and the Senate's ethics committee was still investigating his conduct, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said he should resign anyway:
As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards—not the lowest. The allegations against Sen. Franken describe behavior that cannot be tolerated. While he’s entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 6, 2017
Those calls came on the same day that a second woman accused Franken of attempting to forcibly kiss her. While the accuser left the room, Franken allegedly claimed it was his “right as an entertainer” to kiss her. At least five other women accused Franken of groping them.
The accusations started with radio host and former model Leeann Tweeden, who published a photo in which Franken appeared to grope her breasts while she slept.