Monday, 11 December, 2017

Another Woman Accuses Sen. Al Franken Of Sexual Misconduct

Sen. Al Franken AP Sen. Al Franken AP
Howard Terry | 07 December, 2017, 01:51

Even though he wants Mr. Franken to resign, Mr. He has denied intentional wrongdoing and has apologized.

"Enough is enough", declared Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told reporters at a news conference.

"We should demand the highest standards, not the lowest, from our leaders, and we should fundamentally value and respect women. That is where this debate has to go". No other details were provided. The almost simultaneous clamor for the two-term senator to quit comes a day after Michigan Rep. John Conyers, another Democrat, announced his resignation. Several senators on Wednesday, Dec. 6, called for Franken to step down amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire issued a statement Wednesday calling on Franken to resign.

"Senator Franken's conduct was wrong".

Several other allegations have followed, including a woman who says that Franken put his hand on her buttocks during a picture pose at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

A former congressional aide told Politico that Franken attempted to forcibly kiss her in 2006 after a taping of his radio show. She saw Mr. Franken, Minnesota Democrat, at the party and asked for a photo. The woman claims Franken told her it was his "right as an entertainer" after she rejected his assault. Politico withheld the woman's name.

Many of his colleagues predict the Minnesota Democrat will call it quits as sexual misconduct allegations mount against him.

Franken will make an announcement on Thursday, his office said.

"The latest allegation adds to a very disturbing list of allegations against Senator Franken".

"Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside", Hirono wrote on Twitter.

In Facebook posts and Tweets, the women said the two-term senator should step aside after a fresh allegation that he forcibly tried to kiss a woman in 2006. But on Wednesday, they decided that enough was enough.

There are 16 Democratic women in the Senate.

The Senate Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into Franken. But Gillibrand argued the panel is not equipped to deliver "the kind of accountability the American people are searching for".

Republican leaders remained quiet amid the developments. Mazie Hirono said of Franken in a statement.

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