Schumer: Franken should resign
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration White House: Trump remarks didn't derail shutdown talks Schumer defends Durbin after GOP senator questions account of Trump meeting MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Wednesday that Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota EMILY’s List president: Franken did 'right thing for Minnesota' Dem pledges to ask all court nominees about sexual harassment history under oath MORE (D-Minn.) should resign, joining more than two dozen other Democratic senators. 

"Senator Franken should resign," Schumer said in a statement.

“I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments, but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately," he said.

Franken is facing multiple allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct and groping, including new allegations that emerged on Wednesday. 

A former congressional aide told Politico that Franken tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006, though he called the alleged incident “categorically not true.” 

And a former Democratic staffer wrote in The Atlantic on Wednesday that Franken groped her in 2009 while they posed for a photo at a Media Matters inauguration celebration.

Approximately 30 of Franken's colleagues, including Independent Sens. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingMcConnell to Dems: Don't hold government 'hostage' over DACA Overnight Regulation: Regulators kill Perry plan to help coal, nuke plants | Senate Dems to force net neutrality vote | Maine senators oppose offshore drilling plan | SEC halts trading in digital currency firm Maine senators oppose Trump's offshore drilling plans MORE (Maine) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) Former Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to 'hang out' MORE (Vt.), as well as Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.), have signaled that it's time for Franken to step down. 

Franken is expected to make a statement on Thursday addressing his political future.