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More than half of Democratic senators call for Sen. Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations


Sen. Al Franken's support among his fellow Democrats appeared to collapse Wednesday as a group of female Democratic senators called upon him to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations.

His office said he would make an announcement Thursday but did not specify the subject.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Kamala Harris of California, Patty Murray of Washington and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin all put out statements within minutes of one another saying it was time for Franken to quit the Senate.

More officials have come forward throughout Wednesday, calling for his resignation.

KTTC is reaching out to several Minnesota officials for their responses. 

DFL U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's office released a statement, saying, "Senator Klobuchar personally spoke with Senator Franken this morning. As has been reported, he will be making an announcement tomorrow morning."

DFL U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison tweeted, "Sen. Franken is scheduled to speak tomorrow. I think he will do the right thing and resign."

Sen. Al Franken is denying the most recent accusation against him. A former Democratic congressional aide has come forward, saying that Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006.

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