After Franken Accuser No. 7, Democrats Tell Him to Go

More than a dozen Democratic senators have called for Franken to step down
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2017 10:15 AM CST
Updated Dec 6, 2017 12:57 PM CST

(Newser) – The heat is intensifying on Al Franken. After another woman, the seventh, came forward with allegations, Kirsten Gillibrand and other female Democratic senators called on him to resign Tuesday, reports the Washington Post. "While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve," Gillibrand wrote in a statement on Facebook. Senators including Mazie Hirono, Claire McCaskill, and Maggie Hassan quickly followed suit. Here's what else you need to know:

  • As of this writing, 16 Democratic senators—10 women and six men—have called on Franken to resign, including Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, the Senate's highest ranking woman, CNN reports.
  • As calls for his resignation swelled, Franken's office announced the senator will make a statement on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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