Six Female Democratic Senators Call for Franken's Resignation


In addition to Moulton and Hassan, five other Democratic senators - all women - called on Franken to step aside or resign on Wednesday: Kristen Gillibrand, of New York, Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, Kamala Harris, of California and Patty Murray, of Washington.

"It's clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time", Murray added.

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

A woman is accusing Sen.

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"He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me", she told Politico.

Al Franken to resign Tuesday after new allegations of sexual assault surfaced.

As reported by Politico, a former Democratic congressional aide claims the incident took place after one of Franken's radio shows before he was a senator.

Politico said Wednesday that it is choosing to not reveal the identity of the woman, who was in her mid-20s at the time and is now alleging that Franken pursued her after her boss had left the studio. It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like 'Wait, what is happening?' But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked.

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Franken has said he is "ashamed" by the allegations, but has not admitted to knowingly behaving badly, and apologized to the women who have felt disrespected by his behavior.

"The former staffer ducked to avoid Franken's lips", Politico reports.

Several women have leveled accusations against Franken - some anonymously.

Another woman named Lindsay Menz, 33, told CNN in late November that Franken grabbed her buttocks when they posed for a photo together in 2010. He is now under a Senate ethics review for his behavior, which he said he will "fully" cooperate with. The first, a radio newscaster, showed a picture of Franken groping her while she slept during a 2006 U.S.O. tour in the Middle East.

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