Monday, 11 December, 2017

Democrats tell scandal-hit Franken to quit US Senate

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Charlie Simmons | 07 December, 2017, 03:18

"It's long past time that all Senate Democrats believed women, stood with survivors and joined the call for Senator Franken to resign", said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of the group.

On Wednesday, a half-dozen women senators' call for him to quit quickly became an avalanche that by day's end included more than half of Senate Democrats, the top two national Democratic Party officials and the Democratic Senate leader.

Should embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore win Alabama's special election next week, he would face the same scrutiny by the Ethics Committee, a process that many Republicans defended.

"I agree the time has come for Senator Franken to step aside", Mr. "And that means Senator Franken should step down".

The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota's largest newspaper, called on Sen. She says Franken told her of the attempted kiss "it's my right as an entertainer".

On Wednesday, Politico published another accusation against Franken from a woman who said he tried to forcibly kiss her back in 2006.

The senator largely has been silent in public in recent weeks as seven women accused him of inappropriate touching and other misconduct.

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"I want to hear what they say and I think this society is finally willing to address this bad problem", Mr. When the allegations first starting piling up, Franken claimed some of the details of these stories weren't true, but he also apologized and stressed the need to "listen to women."

According to a Democratic aide, the women in the Senate have been in contact for a while about what Sen.

Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina echoed Portman's take on Franken in wanting a complete and thorough ethics investigation before any decision is made. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Kamala Harris of California, Patty Murray of Washington, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii came out with similar statements, demonstrating that the tides were turning against the Minnesota senator.

In the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and midconduct levied against Sen. Al Franken resign over sexual misconduct allegations.

And it follows a wave of accusations of harassment against titans in the worlds of entertainment, the media and politics, which began with claims targeting movie mogul Harvey Weinstein earlier this year.

He was first accused last month by sports broadcaster and former model Leeann Tweeden of forcibly kissing her, and touching her without consent as she slept, during a 2006 tour entertaining USA troops deployed in Afghanistan.

After that initial account, several other women came forward to say Franken inappropriately touched them.

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