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.

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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.