Senator says Franken will resign Thursday


Sen. Sherrod Brown D-Ohio speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's two Democratic senators have joined their female counterparts in other states calling for Sen.

"Sen. Al Franken should step down", he wrote. More than a half dozen female Democratic senators and some men called on him to resign.

The calls came as another woman accused Franken of sexual misconduct in an account to Politico. Just last week, a number of senators questioned about Franken said they were waiting for the Ethics Committee to complete its review of multiple allegations that have been raised against Franken.

But it was soon clear that Franken's position had become untenable, and his office later issued a statement saying, "Senator Franken will be making an announcement tomorrow".

"I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign". It seems to me now that we're at a point that it would be best for the country and what would be best for his constituents is for Sen.

"Sen. Al Franken should step down".

Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. ASSOCIATED PRESS

"It's my right as an entertainer", she told Politico that he said.

She is the eight woman to accuse Mr. Franken of sexual misconduct, but one of the few to say the incident occurred while he was in the Senate. "Every workplace in America, including Congress, needs to have a strong process and accountability for sexual harassment claims, and I am working with others to address the broken and opaque system in Congress", she continued.

McCaskill did so in a Tweet Wednesday morning.

A photo from that tour shows Franken with his hands hovering over her clothed breasts as he mugs for the camera.

"For me, I think it's time for my friend to resign", King said in a statement. Fellow Democrats had previously been cautious and respected Mr. Franken's right to cooperate with an ethics probe. He said he did not speak to Senator Franken but had his staff inform Senator Franken's staff. Two women, who asked to remain anonymous, have told the Huffington Post that Franken squeezed their buttocks at political events during his first campaign for the Senate in 2008.

Hassan wrote that Franken "has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women".

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