Senators call for Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations

Carla Harmon
December 6, 2017

She was among at least a half dozen female Democratic senators simultaneously tweeting or putting out statements calling for Franken to step down. "It's clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear patter over a long period of time".

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Maggie Hassan, Mazie Hirono, Claire McCaskill, Kamala Harris and third-ranking Senate Democrat Patty Murray all called for his resignation within minutes of each other.

And it wasn't only women in the Senate, as Sen.

"Enough is enough. The women who have come forward are fearless and I believe them".

Al Franken to resign in the wake of a series of allegations of sexual misconduct. "It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like 'Wait, what is happening?' But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked", the woman told Politico.

Several other allegations have followed, including a woman who says that Franken put his hand on her buttocks during a picture pose at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

The calls come hours after a Politico report in which another woman accused Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006.

The allegations against Franken began in mid-November when Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour. The former staffer ducked to avoid Franken's lips, according to Politico.

"I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, 'It's my right as an entertainer, '" the ex-aide claimed.

At least six women have come forward in recent weeks alleging Franken forcibly kissed them or groped them in the past. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation", Franken said in a statement, according to Politico.

Then last week, 41-year-old Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin, of Maineville, Ohio, told CNN Franken groped her in Kuwait during a 2003 USO tour, before Franken was a senator.

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