Democratic senators call for Franken resignation

Senator Al Franken climbs a flight of stairs in the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON—Six Democratic women senators called for Sen. Al Franken to resign on Wednesday, in the wake of a series of allegations of sexual misconduct against the Minnesota Democrat.

The wave of statements from the senators, including a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, marks the first public calls from his Senate colleagues to quit. Franken is one of a number of lawmakers who have faced calls in recent weeks to resign over allegations of improper behavior toward women.

Franken has been accused by several women of groping or forcibly kissing them, during rehearsals or while posing for photos. While denying some of the accusations or saying he remembers the incidents differently, Franken has also apologized and said he has “let a lot of people down.” He has pledged to cooperate with a Senate ethics investigation.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii all posted statements at about the same time on Wednesday morning calling for the lawmaker to step aside.

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