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Senators call for Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations

06 December 2017

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D - New York) was the first USA senator to call for Franken to step down.

"It's clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time", Murray added.

Congresswomen on Capitol Hill called Wednesday for Sen.

Another woman is accusing Sen.

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

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.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called on Al Franken to resign Tuesday as new sexual assault allegations surfaced agains the embattled lawmaker. "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 the news outlet. "The women who have come forward are courageous and I believe them".

Some Democrats have also said that Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) should be forced out; he admitted this week that he had reached an $84,000 sexual harassment settlement with a former staffer in his office.

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As she hastily left the room, she said the onetime "Saturday Night Live" cast member and writer told her: "It's my right as an entertainer". Franken has apologized for most of the incidents and has said he would cooperate with a Senate ethics probe into his behavior.

Several female Democratic senators publicly called on Sen.

Four other women have also accused Franken of unwanted touching.

"This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous", Franken said. The first, a radio newscaster, showed a picture of Franken groping her while she slept during a 2006 U.S.O. tour in the Middle East.

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Senators call for Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations