The Calls for Sen. Franken's Resignation

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., right, answers a question about her statement on Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., at the end of a news conference on sexual harassment in the workplace, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., right, answers a question about her statement on Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., at the end of a news conference on sexual harassment in the workplace, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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.

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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:

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.

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.

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