Schumer: Franken should resign
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems want answers on DOJ ObamaCare decision The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Kim make history with summit Schumer blames congressional GOP for net neutrality repeal MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Wednesday that Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenBill Clinton says 'norms have changed' in society for what 'you can do to somebody against their will' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ Trump to hold campaign rally in Minnesota next week 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 KingHillicon Valley: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner deal in blow to DOJ | Dems renew push to secure state voting systems | Seattle reverses course on tax after Amazon backlash | Trump, senators headed for cyber clash | More Tesla layoffs Trump, senators headed for clash on cyber policy For .2 billion, taxpayers should get more than Congress’s trial balloons MORE (Maine) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders If Congress takes no action, the Social Security trust fund will become depleted in 2034 Ex-campaign manager: Sanders is still eying another presidential bid DNC chair backing plan to cut superdelegates opposed by Dem lawmakers MORE (Vt.), as well as Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress had a good couple of weeks — now let's keep it going McCarthy: 'The Mueller investigation has got to stop' McConnell: Mueller 'ought to wrap it up' 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.