Schumer: Franken should resign
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAmtrak to rename Rochester station after Louise Slaughter Conscience protections for health-care providers should be standard Pension committee must deliver on retirement promise MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Wednesday that Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMcCabe oversaw criminal probe into Sessions over testimony on Russian contacts: report Academy president accused of sexual harassment: report Top Nike executive resigns amid workplace complaints: report 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 KingLindsey Graham: Trump firing Mueller would 'probably' be impeachable offense Angus King: McCabe firing seemed 'mean-spirited' With bills on the table, Congress must heed the call to fix our national parks MORE (Maine) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersModerates see vindication in Lipinski’s primary win Sanders: Fox News 'couldn't handle' town hall on economic inequality Mississippi woman appointed to Senate, making Vermont only state to never have female lawmaker MORE (Vt.), as well as Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCollins: 'Extremely disappointing' ObamaCare fix left out of spending deal House poised to vote on .3T spending bill Budowsky: Stop Trump from firing Mueller 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.