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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) CrowleySen. Walter Huddleston was a reminder that immigration used to be a bipartisan issue Poll: Nearly half of millennial Democrats identify as socialist or democratic socialist For Capuano in Massachusetts, demography was destiny MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said he is calling for Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGOP lawmaker once belittled sexual harassment: 'How traumatizing was it?' Meet the man poised to battle Dems from the White House Minnesota GOP Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in Facebook post MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersFormer campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Kavanaugh controversy has led to politicization of 'Me Too,' says analyst Sexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points 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 RiceHouse Dems punt action on rule change for Speaker nominee Hoyer questions feasibility of new threshold for Speaker nomination Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE (D-N.Y.) and Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanSenior Dem says Pelosi will be Speaker for as long as she wants House Dems punt action on rule change for Speaker nominee Hoyer questions feasibility of new threshold for Speaker nomination 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 PelosiPelosi heckled by Miami Republicans, Proud Boys at campaign event Pelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' MORE (D-Calif.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa 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.