Senate Democrats Call on Franken to Resign Amid Further Allegations of Sexual Harassment

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In separate statements released almost simultaneously on Wednesday, a group of Democratic lawmakers said the embattled Minnesota senator must step down.

Mr Franken, a former Saturday Night Live comedian, has been accused of groping and sexually harassing seven women, including a US military veteran.

Mr Franken has apologised to his accusers, but disputes some claims.

Senators Kamala Harris, Claire McCaskill, Maggie Hassan, Mazie Hirono, Patty Murray, Kirsten Gillibrand – all prominent female Democratic lawmakers – released their statements online following a US media report that he allegedly attempted to forcibly kiss a former congressional aide in 2006. He denied the claim.

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