Morgan Chalfant, reporter for The Hill, weighs in on allegations against the embattled Democratic senator from Minnesota.
Thirty Democratic senators - 13 female and 17 male including the second-ranking Democrat in chamber - called on Franken to resign as allegations of sexual harassment against him continue to mount. Al Franken to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Patty Murray of Washington state and Claire McCaskill of Missouri joined Gillibrand in pressing for Franken to quit.
The Democrat in Alabama's heated Senate election says it is time for Minnesota Sen. Several Democratic men in the Senate also called on Franken to resign. It was time to call on him to step aside. I am concerned that even a prompt Ethics Committee investigation and recommendations will not come soon enough. The allegations of touching and attempted kisses date from when Franken was a comedian.
Not long after the calls for Franken's ouster began popping up on social media, his office said that the embattled senator would make an announcement on Thursday. We are now at a crossroads in American culture.
Franken has been accused of forcibly kissing or groping numerous women.
"For me, I think it's time for my friend to resign", King said in a statement. Al Franken has surfaced, this one from a former Democratic congressional aide who told a national politics news website that he tried to force a kiss on her after a recording of his radio show in 2006, three years before he took office. And she says Franken told her: "It's my right as an entertainer". "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation".
Franken denied the latest allegation, according to Politico, though he has apologized for conduct he has conceded was inappropriate, saying he would have to rebuild the trust of his constituents.
But the tide quickly turned against Mr. Franken Wednesday morning.
Hassan wrote that Franken "has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women".
"I believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign", she wrote on Twitter.