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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 SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale On The Money: Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal, warn of time crunch Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE (I-Vt.) suggested Sunday that Trump should follow in Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDemocrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control Gillibrand: 'I definitely want to run for president again' Maher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' 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 BookerTeen who filmed Floyd murder awarded honorary Pulitzer Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge Police reform negotiations enter crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.) and Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyChicago police officer arrested for role in Capitol riot Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' EPA chief emphasizes staffing, environmental justice in Appropriations testimony 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 TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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 ConyersCalifornia comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote House panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) resigned Tuesday after similar claims but said his departure was due to health issues.

Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Arizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems 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.