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Washington - At Least 10 Democratic Senators Call For Franken's Resignation

Published on: December 6, 2017 12:33 PM
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FILE - U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) climbs a flight of stairs in the U.S. Capitol during votes on the Republican tax plan in Washington November 30, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler DugganFILE - U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) climbs a flight of stairs in the U.S. Capitol during votes on the Republican tax plan in Washington November 30, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

Washington - At least 10 U.S. Democratic senators on Wednesday called for fellow Democrat Al Franken to resign in light of allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

They are the first Democratic senators to publicly call for Franken to step down since the allegations made by several women surfaced.

Franken has apologized for most of the incidents and has said he would cooperate with a Senate ethics probe into his behavior.

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Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Maggie Hassan, Mazie Hirono, Claire McCaskill, Kamala Harris, Tammy Baldwin and third-ranking Senate Democrat Patty Murray all called for his resignation within minutes of each other. That represents almost half the 16 female Democratic senators.

They were joined by three male Democratic senators, Bob Casey, Joe Donnelly and Sherrod Brown.

“Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside,” Hirono wrote on Twitter. “I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good senator and I consider him a friend. But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women.”

Several high-profile male politicians have been accused in recent weeks of sexual misconduct, including Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and Democratic representative John Conyers, who resigned on Tuesday. Both of those men have denied the allegations against them.



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 Dec 06, 2017 at 01:00 PM yonasonw Says:

He should resign...this is a matter of moral principle that Democrats should elevate above partisanship, even as the Trump and the GOP don’t.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 01:15 PM LOL Says:

BYE BYE Franken

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 01:31 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Anotheriberal Jew going the way of the dodo.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 02:31 PM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Anotheriberal Jew going the way of the dodo.

You'll never see this from the Republicons for Moore to drop out.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 02:45 PM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Anotheriberal Jew going the way of the dodo.

Hopefully he is replaced by an antisemitic goy

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 03:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Anotheriberal Jew going the way of the dodo.

another goy entering the senate pedophile roy moore

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 05:45 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Roy Moore has ALLEGATIONS, he is definitely no worse than the ultimate Dem icon and dirty old man perv Hugh Hefner who was a big donor to Dem Latina pro illegal immigration Loretta Sanchez.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 06:48 PM JaredKusherIzSorosPartner Says:

What a concept ...

Country before party.

Amazing.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 07:01 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You'll never see this from the Republicons for Moore to drop out.

That's because the allegations are made up, unlike Franken & Conyers.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 07:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Hopefully he is replaced by an antisemitic goy

Is there a difference?

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 07:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Hopefully he is replaced by an antisemitic goy

LOVE how all the dems are coming out now saying he should resign. Where were they last month when these charges came to light? That's right they tried sweeping it under the rug. "It was in jest" we were told. "We will have a committee to investigate the matter", they told us. The American people are smarter than what the liberal congress like to believe. We can smell a skunk a mile away.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 07:49 PM common-sense Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You'll never see this from the Republicons for Moore to drop out.

Almost every Republican leader has demanded thst Moore drop out.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 09:31 PM hashomer Says:

Ultimately liberals, progressives and seculars support women's rights and want justice for the victims. This yutz comic of a Senator needs to resign. His often anti-Jewish sketches on SNL made him traife in my house. Meanwhile the alt-yidden love weirdo bigot Moore in ALA. FEH.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 10:04 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

That's because the allegations are made up, unlike Franken & Conyers.

And we should believe Moore because because he's a Republicon?

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 10:05 PM Anonymous Says:

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common-sense Says:

Almost every Republican leader has demanded thst Moore drop out.

So why isn't he dropping out???

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 10:41 PM LOL Says:

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Anonymous Says:

So why isn't he dropping out???

Because unlike the other perverts Moore didn't do anything. Still waiting for proof from these so called victims.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 10:44 PM LOL Says:

Reply to #13  
hashomer Says:

Ultimately liberals, progressives and seculars support women's rights and want justice for the victims. This yutz comic of a Senator needs to resign. His often anti-Jewish sketches on SNL made him traife in my house. Meanwhile the alt-yidden love weirdo bigot Moore in ALA. FEH.

Well, well, well. Where have you been the past few weeks when I was calling for his resignation? Oh that's right you were defending him and his horrific actions. Plueezze cry me a river.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 10:45 PM LOL Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Is there a difference?

Took me a second but now I got it.

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 12:05 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #8  
JaredKusherIzSorosPartner Says:

What a concept ...

Country before party.

Amazing.

Nope its still party before country.

Its the democrat strategy how to win via being strong on women's rights. They may be correct. But don't kid yourself buddy. Its still party first.

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