Female Democratic senators call on Al Franken to resign

Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken is denying an accusation by a former Democratic congressional aide that he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 200

Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken is denying an accusation by a former Democratic congressional aide that he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 200

In addition to Moulton and Hassan, five other Democratic senators - all women - called on Franken to step aside or resign on Wednesday: Kristen Gillibrand, of New York, Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, Kamala Harris, of California and Patty Murray, of Washington. "It's clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear patter over a long period of time".

The accuser is a Democrat, a former congressional aide, who spoke anonymously to the left-wing Politico.

"Enough is enough. The women who have come forward are fearless and I believe them".

Senator Bob Casey D-Pa also joined the calls for Franken to step aside, the first male Democratic senator to do so. "It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like 'Wait, what is happening?' But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked", the aide said in an interview.

Franken, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by several other women, denied the latest accusation. The former staffer ducked to avoid Franken's lips, according to Politico.

"Hearing Donald Trump say essentially the same thing that Al Franken said to me, which was 'It's my right as an entertainer, ' that was a real trigger", she told Politico.

Their calls came after a seventh woman came forward to accuse the Minnesota Democrat of sexual misconduct.

"This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous", Franken said.

Murray's backing is significant because she's a member of Democratic leadership and is the highest ranking woman in the Senate.

At least six women have come forward in recent weeks alleging Franken forcibly kissed them or groped them in the past. Though, the most damning piece of evidence against Franken is a picture of him mock-groping Tweeden while the two were overseas on a USO tour. He's repeatedly promised to "cooperate completely" with any investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee into his past behavior.

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