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US Sens. Reed, Whitehouse call on Sen. Franken to resign

07 December 2017
US Sens. Reed, Whitehouse call on Sen. Franken to resign

In a growing tweet storm, Democratic senators were calling Wednesday (Dec. 6) for the resignation of Sen.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) listens to the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice" on Capital Hill in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2017.

Donnelly said in a statement Wednesday that his fellow Democrat's "conduct and behavior are unacceptable and he should resign".

Another woman has accused Sen.

Franken has agreed to cooperate with the Senate Ethics Committee investigation into his behavior.

Meanwhile, Franken - a Minnesota Democrat - has announced he'll make an unspecified statement on Thursday. Sen.

Several female Democratic senators publicly called on Sen. It seems to me now that we're at a point that it would be best for the country and what would be best for his constituents is for Sen. It was time to call on him to step aside. The unnamed woman told Politico that Franken attempted to force himself on her.

Franken's support in the Senate crumbled after another woman said he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006, bringing to seven the number of women accusing him of sexual impropriety.

"He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me", she told Politico. Lindsay Graham and others, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said, "We must do more as a Congress and as a nation to protect our places of employment and ensure men and women can pursue their careers and their opportunities safely".

On Twitter, Sen. Claire McCaskill wrote simply: "Al Franken should resign".

Franken says in his statement that the idea he'd claim such behavior as a right as an entertainer is "preposterous".

Franken, the second-term senator who was accused last month by Los Angeles radio personality LeeAnn Tweeden of groping her during a 2006 USO tour, has since been rocked with claims from women who say he grabbed their butts or breasts while posing for photos at events including the Minnesota State Fair. The alleged incident happened two years before he was first elected to the Senate. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

Franken describe behavior that can not be tolerated.