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) Crowley'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul Progressive Bowman ousts Engel in New York primary MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said he is calling for Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenCNN publishes first Al Franken op-ed since resignation Political world mourns loss of comedian Jerry Stiller Maher to Tara Reade on timing of sexual assault allegation: 'Why wait until Biden is our only hope?' MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersBiden's immigration plan has serious problems Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary Tlaib holds lead in early vote count against primary challenger 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 lawmakers to launch probe into DHS excluding NY from Trusted Traveler Program New York lawmaker spotted helping mother duck and ducklings cross busy street Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen MORE (D-N.Y.) and Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: HHS Secretary Azar says US plans to have tens of millions of vaccine doses this fall; Kremlin allegedly trying to hack vaccine research Democrats see victory in Trump culture war House Democrat calls for 'real adult discussion' on lawmaker pay 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 PelosiDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet New postmaster general overhauls USPS leadership amid probe into mail delays MORE (D-Calif.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Budowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey Democratic super PAC quotes Reagan in anti-Trump ad set to air on Fox News: 'Are you better off?' 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.