Gillibrand, others, call for Franken's resignation amid new allegations

December 06, 2017 01:08 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing growing demands for him to resign, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken will make an announcement on Thursday. That's the word from the Democrat's office on Wednesday.

It comes as Franken is denying an accusation by a former Democratic congressional aide that he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006.

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The Minnesota Democrat says in a statement that the allegation - reported by Politico - is "categorically not true."

The woman, who's not identified by name, says Franken pursued her after her boss had left and she was collecting her belongings.

She says she ducked to avoid his lips. And she says Franken told her: "It's my right as an entertainer."

Franken says in his statement that the idea he'd claim such behavior as a right as an entertainer is "preposterous."

The senator is facing a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into previous claims by other women that he groped them.

Following the allegations, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Franken to step down, saying on Facebook:

"I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve."

Democratic Senators Maggie Hirono, Claire McCaskill, Maggie Hassan, Kamala Harris and Patty Murray are among those who have joined Gillibrand in calling for Franken's resignation.

Stay with NewsChannel 13 on-air and online for more information on this developing story.


AP / WNYT Staff

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