By Robert Donachie
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday evening that Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota should resign from the chamber, after a series of women have come forward claiming that Franken sexually harassed them.
“Senator Franken should resign,” Schumer said Wednesday. “I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments, but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately.”
Some 31 Democratic senators, in addition to Schumer, called on Franken to resign Wednesday.
The sexual harassment allegations against Franken started in mid-November, and have since then precipitated. News anchor Leeann Tweeden was the first to come forward claiming that Franken sexually harassed her.
Tweeden claims Franken sexually harassed and assaulted her on a number of occasions during a USO entertainment tour in the Middle East in 2006. Franken, a former writer and actor for “Saturday Night Live,” also reportedly wrote a script for a USO show that had him kissing Tweeden.
She also says that she found a photo after returning home from the tour that shows Franken with his hands over her breasts and smiling.