A rising listing of Democratic lawmakers have referred to as on Sen. Al Franken to resign. The pleas come after one other report of alleged sexual misconduct towards Franken surfaced Wednesday morning.
The calls for him to resign have prompted Franken’s workplace to say he may have an announcement Thursday. Additional particulars on the announcement haven’t been disclosed, however Franken has constantly denied intentional wrongdoing within the allegations and has apologized.
If he resigns, Franken can be the second member of Congress to step apart due to sexual harassment allegations. Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan introduced Tuesday that he was stepping down instantly after over 50 years in Congress and endorsed his son in a subsequent election to exchange him.
The calls for Franken’s resignation from fellow Democrats began with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who wrote Wednesday that she was “shocked” and “disappointed” after a number of ladies got here ahead with allegations that Franken inappropriately touched them.
“While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve,” Gillibrand wrote in a press release to Fb.
The sexual misconduct allegations began with radio character and mannequin Leeann Tweeden coming ahead saying that Franken pressured himself on her whereas they have been abroad on a USO tour. She stated, and offered a photograph, that Franken additionally grabbed her breasts whereas she was asleep.
One other lady, named Lindsay Menz, accused Franken of touching her butt whereas posing for a photograph on the Minnesota State Truthful in 2010. On November 30, the Senate Ethics Committee introduced that it’s investigating the allegations towards Franken, and Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer despatched info to the committee or assessment.
Following Gillibrand’s message, a number of different outstanding Democrats got here ahead with calls for Franken to step down. The statements issued by the senators come on the identical day that “The Silence Breakers” have been named TIME Journal’s “Person of the Year.” The current outpouring of sexual misconduct allegations towards individuals in leisure, media, politics, enterprise and lots of extra industries have been spurred by the #MeToo hashtag on social media. Individuals who had tales of sexual misconduct have been urged to come clear towards their accusers.
An inventory of the lawmakers who referred to as for Franken to step apart is offered under:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.)
Sen. Maggie Hassan (N.H.)
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)
Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.)
Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)
Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.)
Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.)
Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (Pa.)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.)
The growing variety of ladies coming ahead suggests a sample of repeated harassment and unacceptable conduct that’s unattainable to ignore. Senator Franken has denied a few of these allegations and has the best to proceed to search a course of via the Ethics Committee, however I consider the perfect plan of action for him proper now’s to step down, as I anticipate he’ll do tomorrow.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (Sick.)
DNC Chairman Tom Perez
Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.)
Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.)
Earlier than he was elected to the Senate, Franken labored as a comic on the comedy present Saturday Night time Reside. He was first elected to the Senate in 2008 after he defeated Republican Sen. Norm Coleman by simply 312 votes. He gained his re-election bid in 2014 and is up for re-election in 2018.