Dem rep Moulton calls on Franken to resign

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonDem lawmaker: 'Trump's presidency is the real national emergency' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - All eyes on Trump after lawmakers reach spending deal Overnight Defense: Acting Pentagon chief visits Afghanistan | US, Taliban peace talks intensify | Trump tweets in Persian to send message to Iran | Defense world pays tribute to Walter Jones MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday said Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenVirginia scandals pit Democrats against themselves and their message The Hill's Morning Report — Will Ralph Northam survive? Identity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination MORE (D-Minn.) should resign following allegations the senator groped women without their consent.

“From what I know, he should resign. And there will be more of these cases, and we want to make sure that the women feel supported and come forward,” Moulton said on “Meet the Press Daily.” 

"We ought to be setting the tone for the country for how women who don’t have famous bosses who are not at big news organizations or in politics or in the movie industry can come forward with these issues as well,” he added.


A Los Angeles radio host last month said Franken kissed and groped her without her consent during a USO tour in 2006. Other women have since come forward to allege Franken touched them inappropriately during photos ops.

Franken has apologized and agreed to cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation, but has said he has no plans to resign.

“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 said in a recent press conference.

Moulton on Tuesday was also critical of House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win Congress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE’s (D-Calif.) initial response to allegations of sexual misconduct against former Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersDemocrats seek cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill Virginia scandals pit Democrats against themselves and their message Women's March plans 'Medicare for All' day of lobbying in DC MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) 

After multiple women accused Conyers of making unwanted sexual advances, Pelosi said the congressman deserved due process, and called him an “icon.”

Multiple other women have come forward since alleging inappropriate behavior by Conyers, and Pelosi eventually called for his resignation. 

Conyers resigned Tuesday “effective immediately.”