Photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
Photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
December 06, 2017 03:21 PM
Sen. Al Franken's office reports he will make an announcement on Thursday after at least 25 senators and the chairman of the Democratic National Committee have called him to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-D.C.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) all called for Franken's resignation Wednesday morning and early afternoon.
Below are many of those who called for his resignation – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – as well as the statement from senior Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar:
Sexual harassment is unacceptable. This morning I spoke with Senator Franken and, as you know, he will be making an announcement about his future tomorrow morning. I am confident he will make the right decision.— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) December 6, 2017
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
Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside. I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good Senator and I consider him a friend. But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women. (thread)— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 6, 2017
It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women. He should resign.— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) December 6, 2017
Al Franken should resign.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2017
Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down.— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) December 6, 2017
I’m shocked and appalled by Senator Franken’s behavior. It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time.— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) December 6, 2017
It’s time for him to step aside.
I believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign.— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) December 6, 2017
Sen. Franken has said that he will be making an announcement about his political future tomorrow. The right thing is for him to resign.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 6, 2017
I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign. We can’t just believe women when it’s convenient.— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) December 6, 2017
I have listened to them. I have listened to my female colleagues, to women I work with and women in my life. And I agree the time has come for Senator Franken to step aside.— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) December 6, 2017
Joe is calling for Senator Franken to resign. pic.twitter.com/ff5i1rnhJs— Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) December 6, 2017
Sexual harassment is unacceptable. I believe Senator Franken should do the right thing and resign.— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) December 6, 2017
We must commit to zero tolerance – which is where I believe we as a country and Congress should be – and that means Senator Franken should step down. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/4qrZB0mBTo— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) December 6, 2017
Senator Franken’s actions are disturbing, egregious, and demonstrate a pattern of serious misconduct and abuse. It is time for Senator Franken to resign from office.— Sen. Maria Cantwell (@SenatorCantwell) December 6, 2017
I join my colleagues in calling for Senator Franken to step aside and resign. Sexual harassment is unacceptable, completely inappropriate and cannot be tolerated.— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) December 6, 2017
Sexual harassment and misconduct are never acceptable. I understand Senator Franken will make an announcement tomorrow morning, and I'm confident he'll do the right thing and step aside.— Michael F. Bennet (@SenBennetCO) December 6, 2017
Senator Franken’s behavior was wrong. He has admitted to what he did. He should resign from the Senate.— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) December 6, 2017
Senator Franken has said he will make an announcement tomorrow, and I hope that he will do the right thing. It is in the best interest of our country for him to step aside.— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) December 6, 2017
I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow. It is the right thing to do given this series of serious allegations.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) December 6, 2017
It's clear the American people don't look lightly on these kinds of actions, no matter who they're committed by, and the number of complaints against Senator Franken is a concern. I think resignation is the right thing for him to do.— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) December 6, 2017
Senator Franken needs to step down and we all need to do more to make clear that sexual harassment and assault are unacceptable.— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) December 6, 2017
Al Franken has been a friend to many in the Senate – Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike – but these allegations are deeply troubling, especially as the number has grown. I believe it's time for him to resign.— Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) December 6, 2017
Senator Franken should send a strong message that sexual misconduct is unacceptable in any setting and step down.— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) December 6, 2017
Sen. Franken is scheduled to speak tomorrow. I think he will do the right thing and resign.— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) December 6, 2017
The allegations against Senator Al Franken make it impossible for him to be an effective Senator for Minnesota.— Rep. Betty McCollum (@BettyMcCollum04) December 6, 2017
When he makes his announcement tomorrow, I have every confidence that he will do the right thing for Minnesota and our country.
Sen. Duckworth issued the following statement via her website:
I am deeply disappointed by Senator Franken's behavior. He must step aside. To all those across America who have come forward to share their stories over the past few months: thank you. Your courage and strength in driving this long-overdue national conversation is awe-inspiring. As national leaders, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard—and we must lead by example to ensure every person is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. This isn't about Democrats or Republicans, it's about our society. It's about who we are as a people and the kind of country we want our daughters—and our sons—to grow up in.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez also called for Franken to resign.
Sen. Al Franken should step down. Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party.— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) December 6, 2017
The calls for Franken's resignation followed a new accusation by a former Democratic congressional aide, who claimed Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006.
Franken denied the accusation, issuing the following statement:
"This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous. I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation." The senator is facing an ethics committee investigation into previous claims by other women that he groped them.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Updated: December 06, 2017 03:21 PM
Created: December 06, 2017 02:10 PM
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