Harris Among Democratic Senators Urging Al Franken To Resign

Al Franken resigns from Senate over sex misconduct claims

Roughly two dozen Democratic senators called on Franken to step aside by Wednesday afternoon, including No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Sens.

Other Democratic women demanding Franken's resignation included Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.

"I do not feel that he should continue to serve", said New York's Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. "And I agree the time has come for Senator Franken to step aside". "I consider Senator Franken to be a friend and have enjoyed working with him in the Senate in our shared fight to help American families".

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.

"Sen. Al Franken should step down". I am concerned that even a prompt Ethics Committee investigation and recommendations will not come soon enough. Republican Sen. Susan Collins also called on Franken to quit. We as elected leaders should absolutely be held to a higher standard, not a lower standard, and we should fundamentally be valuing women.

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The quick statements suggested coordination from the senators, and heightened the pressure on Franken to leave the Senate.

Al Franken to resign Wednesday, after multiple women came forward alleging sexual misconduct. Jeff Merkley both tweeted Wednesday that they hope Franken will step down. The wave of allegations began with Leeann Tweeden, who said that Franken aggressively kissed her while they were overseas entertaining the troops and groped her in her sleep.

Many others, however, said it is time to go. Franken released a statement categorically denying the accusation. "Enough is enough. The women who have come forward are fearless and I believe them". "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation".

For his part, Franken has apologized for the earlier incidents, but has shown no signs of plans to give up his seat.

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