Oregon's senators join call for Franken's resignation

Leeann Tweeden

Several senators including Claire McCaskill are calling on fellow Democratic Sen.

Multiple Democratic senators called on the Minnesota Democrat to resign Wednesday.

In the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and midconduct levied against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

"I do not feel that he should continue to serve", said New York's Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

The Democrat in Alabama's heated Senate election says it is time for Minnesota Sen.

I have been shocked and disappointed to learn over the last few weeks that a colleague I am fond of personally has engaged in behavior towards women that is unacceptable. More than a half dozen female Democratic senators and some men called on him to resign.

The Senate Ethics Committee is investigating Franken following an account described by Leeann Tweeden, a morning news anchor on KABC radio in Los Angeles, which described Franken groping and forcibly kissing her during a USO tour in 2006, before Franken became a senator. The allegations of touching and attempted kisses date from when Franken was a comedian. Al Franken to resign.

"A big part of the national conversation we're having on sexual assault involves listening carefully and with respect to woman".

The woman, who's not identified by name, says Franken pursued her after her boss had left and she was collecting her belongings.

King issued a statement Wednesday afternoon calling on Franken to resign as well.

In his statement regarding Franken, Sanders said: "The right thing is for him to resign".

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

Franken denied the latest allegation, according to Politico, though he has apologized for conduct he has conceded was inappropriate, saying he would have to rebuild the trust of his constituents.

Sen. Al Franken's (D., Minn.) office said he will make an announcement on Thursday as he faces mounting calls to step down because of accusations of sexual harassment. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation".

After the first report, there were allegations that Franken grabbed women's buttocks as he took photos with them.

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