Leading House Democrat: Franken and Conyers should resign

Leading House Democrat: Franken and Conyers should resign
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House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyLeading House Democrat: Franken and Conyers should resign Red state lawmakers find blue state piggy bank Live coverage: Day two of the Ways and Means GOP tax bill markup MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said he is calling for Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDemocrats turn on Al Franken Schumer called, met with Franken and told him to resign Overnight Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersAbortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Democrats turn on Al Franken Michigan state senator to run for Congress MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) to resign in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Crowley is the first member of Democratic leadership to call on Franken to step down. Reps. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceLeading House Democrat: Franken and Conyers should resign FBI trying to ‘get in front’ of future threats of Russian interference, director says Conyers saga brings Dem tensions to a boil MORE (D-N.Y.) and Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanCan Democrats flip the House? Leading House Democrat: Franken and Conyers should resign Dem congressman: Conyers and Franken should resign MORE (D-Ohio) have also said Franken should resign.

Multiple women have separately accused Franken of groping them during photo ops. Radio broadcaster Leeann Tweeden said earlier this month that Franken kissed her without consent during a 2006 USO tour, and provided photographic evidence of Franken appearing to grope her while she was sleeping.

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Franken has not indicated he will resign and has not faced calls from his Democratic colleagues in the Senate to do so. 

He returned to the Capitol on Monday, and vowed, "this will not happen again going forward."

“Again, it’s going to take a long time for me to regain people’s trust, but I hope that starting work today that I can start to do that,” Franken told reporters on Monday outside his office.

Several lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Abortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting MORE (D-Calif.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.), have called on Conyers to resign in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Conyers has denied the allegations but acknowledged he previously settled a wrongful termination case to avoid litigation. Conyers’s lawyer on Thursday said the congressman has no plans to step down.