A number of Democratic senators referred to as on Sen. Al Franken to resign Wednesday after a number of ladies got here ahead to accuse him of sexual misconduct.
The requires Franken’s resignation got here hours after the most recent allegation, when Politico reported seventh girl — a former Democratic congressional aide — accused Franken of attempting to forcibly kiss her in 2006 whereas he was the host of a radio present. He has denied the most recent accusation.
The stress from members of Franken’s personal celebration is immense. Franken’s workplace mentioned he’ll make an announcement on Thursday.
Discuss radio host Leeann Tweeden first accused the senator on Nov. 16 of forcibly kissing her and groping her whereas she was asleep throughout a USO tour of the Center East in 2006. Prior to now three weeks, six different ladies have come ahead.
There’s at the moment a Senate Ethics Committee listening to into the incidents, and Franken has mentioned he’ll cooperate with the investigation.
A gaggle of six feminine senators, Sen. Gillibrand, Hassan, Hirono, Harris, McCaskill, and Murray, have been the primary to subject statements in a brief time frame on Wednesday, saying Franken ought to resign. They have been quickly joined by a number of colleagues and DNC Chair Tom Perez.
“Clearly there have been new allegations in the present day, and sufficient is sufficient. I imply, this can be a dialog we’ve been having for a really very long time, and it’s a dialog that this nation must have,” Gillibrand mentioned at an occasion Wednesday. “And I feel once we begin having to speak in regards to the variations between sexual assault, and sexual harassment and undesirable groping, you’re having the unsuitable dialog. It’s good to draw a line within the sand and say none of it’s OK. None of it’s acceptable.”
She went on to say she does not assume “Congress is provided, I don’t assume they’ve the instruments, to do the type of accountability the American individuals are looking for.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who represents Minnesota with Franken, tweeted that “sexual harassment is unacceptable,” and he or she is “assured” Franken “will make the proper choice.”
Sen. Chris Murphy mentioned in an announcement, “The growing variety of ladies coming ahead suggests a sample of repeated harassment and unacceptable conduct that’s unattainable to disregard. Senator Franken has denied a few of these allegations and has the proper to proceed to hunt a course of by way of the Ethics Committee, however I imagine the most effective plan of action for him proper now could be to step down, as I anticipate he’ll do tomorrow.”
Lissandra Villa contributed to this report.