Several Democratic senators to Al Franken: Resign


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 going to take a long time for me to regain people's trust, but I hope that starting work today that I can start to do that".

After days tentative rebukes and a call for an ethics investigation, Democratic senators are beginning to call for Sen.

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

"He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me", she told Politico.

Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Kamala Harris of California, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii also joined in the call for Franken to resign. After that initial account, several other women came forward to say Franken inappropriately touched them.

The former staffer ducked to avoid Franken's lips. Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" performer who was a host on the now-defunct "Air America" radio network at the time, allegedly followed up by telling her it was his "right as an entertainer".

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Al Franken to resign after multiple women came forward alleging that the Minnesota lawmaker harassed them or engaged in sexual misconduct. He's repeatedly promised to "cooperate completely" with any investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee into his past behavior.

A former congressional aide told Politico that Franken attempted to forcibly kiss her in 2006 after a taping of his radio show.

Mr Franken, a former Saturday Night Live comedian, has been accused of groping and sexually harassing seven women, including a United States military veteran.

"This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous", Franken said.

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.