Sanders renews call for Trump to step down after Franken resignation

Sanders renews call for Trump to step down after Franken resignation
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms MORE (I-Vt.) suggested Sunday that Trump should follow in Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenWinners and losers from first fundraising quarter Election analyst says Gillibrand doesn't have 'horsepower to go the full distance' Gillibrand campaign links low fundraising to Al Franken backlash: memo MORE’s (D-Minn.) footsteps and resign over the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been leveled against him.

“Here you have a president who has been accused by many women of assault, who says on a tape that he assaulted women,” Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press." “He might want to think about doing the same.”

Sanders had also suggested that Trump step down from office on Thursday.

"We have a president who acknowledged on tape that he assaulted women. I would hope that he pays attention to what's going on and think about resigning," Sanders said at the time.

Sanders's call on Sunday echoed recent statements by Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-N.J.) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates More than 30 Senate Dems ask Trump to reconsider Central American aid cuts Long-shot goal of nixing Electoral College picks up steam MORE (D-Ore.), who have also urged Trump to resign over the reports.

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Booker made the suggestion in an interview with Vice News on Saturday.

“I just watched Sen. Al Franken do the honorable thing and resign from his office. My question is, why isn’t Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE doing the same thing — who has more serious allegations against him, with more women who have come forward,” Booker said.

“The fact pattern on him is far more damning than the fact pattern on Al Franken,” he added.

Merkley also said that Trump should resign during the daily version of “Meet The Press” last week.

“The president should resign because he certainly has a track record with more than 17 women of horrific conduct,” he said.

More than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct during his presidential campaign last year.

Former Fox News host Juliet Huddy said Friday that Trump tried to kiss her on the lips in a Trump Tower elevator more than a decade ago.

She said she “didn’t feel threatened,” but was “surprised” by Trump’s move.

Franken announced on Thursday that he will resign from office after facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersMembers spar over sexual harassment training deadline Reparations bill wins new momentum in Congress Overnight Health Care: Pelosi asks how to pay for single-payer | Liberal groups want Dems to go bigger on drug prices | Surprise medical bill legislation could come soon MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) resigned Tuesday after similar claims but said his departure was due to health issues.

Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R-Ariz.) also resigned Friday after it was revealed he asked female staffers to be surrogates for his child. One former aide said Franks offered her $5 million to carry his child, and two staffers said Frank may have suggested that he impregnate them through sexual intercourse.