Leading House Democrat: Franken and Conyers should resign

Leading House Democrat: Franken and Conyers should resign
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Crowley is the first member of Democratic leadership to call on Franken to step down. Reps. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceDemocrat offers measure to prevent lawmakers from sleeping in their offices Hillicon Valley: Pelosi blasts Facebook for not taking down doctored video | Democrats push election security after Mueller warning | Critics dismiss FCC report on broadband access | Uber to ban passengers with low ratings Lawmakers raise security concerns about China building NYC subway cars MORE (D-N.Y.) and Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist 3 reasons billionaire activist Tom Steyer is running for president ProPublica to fund reporter to cover Youngstown, Ohio, after newspaper folds 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.


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 PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOcasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller House Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan's take on Trump 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.