Senator says Franken will resign Thursday

Senator says Franken will resign Thursday

Several Democratic senators called on Sen. Al Franken will make an announcement Thursday, his office told reporters, as calls for the Minnesota Democrat's resignation rapidly gained momentum Wednesday in dramatic fashion.

Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Patty Murray of Washington state and Claire McCaskill of Missouri joined Gillibrand in pressing for Franken to quit.

Reed says the accumulating accusations and acknowledgment that inappropriate behavior took place "cannot be countenanced". Dick Durbin of IL - the Democratic whip - also called on Franken to resign just before 1 p.m. ET.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did not immediately comment, but Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was among those calling for Franken to step aside. 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.

"The latest allegation adds to a very disturbing list of allegations against Senator Franken". Al Franken, D-Minn. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 12, 2017. "We are experiencing a sea change in our culture that is long overdue, and we must continue working to empower all women and do everything we can to prevent sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault".

The calls for Franken to resign come one day after Democratic Rep. John Conyers of MI announced he would retire immediately.

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The calls came as another woman accused Franken of sexual misconduct in an account to Politico.

"The pervasiveness of sexual harassment and the experience women face every day across America within the existing power structure of society has finally come out of the shadows".

King issued a statement Wednesday afternoon calling on Franken to resign as well. It is a moment that we as a country can not afford to ignore.

Franken insists that he doesn't remember meeting the five women who have accused him of groping them during photo ops, and said that he has a different recollection of a 2006 incident with Leeann Tweeden, a California radio-news anchor, who says Franken forcibly kissed her.

Their calls came after Politico reported that another woman, which it did not name, alleged that Franken tried to kiss her against her will after a broadcast of the radio show that Franken was hosting in 2006.

"For me, I think it's time for my friend to resign", King said in a statement. Franken released a statement categorically denying the accusation. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation". "Enough is enough. The women who have come forward are fearless and I believe them".