UPDATE [12/6/17, 2:22 p.m. ET]:
Nearly two dozen Democrats called for Franken's resignation, according to NBC News. Shortly after Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement suggesting that Franken should leave his seat in the senate:
Senator Mitch McConnell is now calling for Sen. Franken to resign. pic.twitter.com/1wCLGhnSWV
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) December 6, 2017
On Wednesday, Democratic senators began calling for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign following a fresh allegation of sexual harassment that day:
It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women. He should resign.
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) December 6, 2017
Al Franken should resign.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2017
The group, according to Fox News, included Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
After the initial group came forward to call for Franken's resignation, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez joined. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) did as well:
I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign. We can’t just believe women when it’s convenient.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) December 6, 2017
Hirono, who initially said resignation calls were a “distraction,” said she could no longer “excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women”:
Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside. I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good Senator and I consider him a friend. But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women. (thread)
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 6, 2017
Franken will reportedly make an unspecified announcement on Thursday:
FRANKEN will make an announcement tomorrow. “More details to come."
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) December 6, 2017
He came under fire after a radio host and former model, Leeann Tweeden, released a photo of Franken appearing to grope her breasts while she slept. While on a USO tour in 2006, Tweeden claimed, Franken gave her an unwanted kiss during a rehearsal for one of their joint performances.
Politico reported on Wednesday that another woman claimed Franken tried to forcibly kiss her, something Franken later denied.
Even with Franken's multiple apologies and a pending Ethics Committee investigation, Gillibrand said Franken should step aside:
As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards—not the lowest. The allegations against Sen. Franken describe behavior that cannot be tolerated. While he’s entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 6, 2017
“As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards — not the lowest,” she said.