Several senators including Claire McCaskill are calling on fellow Democratic Sen.
She said she was gathering her belongings to follow her boss out of the room, the Politico report continued, and she turned around to find Franken in her face. Al Franken (D-MN) attends the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee hearing in the Capitol building on July 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. I am concerned that even a prompt Ethics Committee investigation and recommendations will not come soon enough.
After the Politico story hit, six Democratic senators called for Franken to quit, the first of an avalanche of such requests. More than a half dozen female Democratic senators and some men called on him to resign.
"Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside". As she left the room, Franken reportedly told her, "It's my right as an entertainer".
Pressure has been mounting on Franken to resign from office as the number of women accusing the lawmaker of groping them grows. To achieve lasting change, we will need to fight this everywhere on behalf of everyone by insisting on accountability and working to bring more women into leadership in each industry to fundamentally shift the culture.
"I believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign", she wrote on Twitter. Mazie Hirono said of Franken in a statement. He said he did not speak to Senator Franken but had his staff inform Senator Franken's staff.
If you've been keeping track, this is the seventh woman who's come forward with a sexual misconduct allegation against Franken in less than a month.
"This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous", Mr. Franken said. A fourth woman, an Army veteran, alleged Franken cupped her breast during a photo op on a USO tour in 2003.
Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Kamala Harris of California, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Sen.
For his part, Franken has apologized for the earlier incidents, but has shown no signs of plans to give up his seat.