Franken To Make Announcement Thursday, Senators Call For Resignation


Apparently prompted by a small group of women senators, several male Democratic senators joined the chorus of lawmakers calling for Franken to resign on Wednesday. I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told reporters. Lindsay Graham and others, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said, "We must do more as a Congress and as a nation to protect our places of employment and ensure men and women can pursue their careers and their opportunities safely". Franken has repeatedly apologized about behavior that he said "crossed a line" for some women.

"I know that I am going to have to be much more conscious in these circumstances - much more careful, much more sensitive", Franken said during a press conference last week.

A total of six women have now accused Franken of unwanted touching. Brown said the Senate Ethics Committee investigation should go forward to find out what happened and to recommend solutions.

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

The calls come hours after a Politico report in which another woman accused Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006. Franken, who is generally liked and respected by his colleagues, was initially afforded deference as he battled the initial allegations against him. As she left the room, Franken reportedly told her, "It's my right as an entertainer".

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Franken's office says he will have an announcement on Thursday.

Franken's support among his fellow Democrats is collapsing as a host of female Democratic senators called upon him to quit. But the steady stream of allegations has female Democrats fed up. Franken, she said, pulled her close when her husband offered to snap a cell phone photo of them, and "as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear", Menz said. "It's clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time".

Congresswomen on Capitol Hill called Wednesday for Sen.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, didn't immediately comment.