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Chuck Schumer Calls on Al Franken to Resign

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joined more than half of the chamber’s Democrats in calling on Senator Al Franken to resign



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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joined more than half of the chamber’s Democrats in calling on Senator Al Franken to resign Wednesday as yet another sexual-harassment claim created what one female senator called a "tipping point."
Franken plans to make an announcement Thursday in Washington. Minnesota Public Radio quoted an unidentified Democratic official as saying he will resign, but a posting on Franken’s Twitter account said no final decision has been made.
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“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,” Schumer of New York said in an emailed statement.
Statements by several female Senate Democrats Wednesday morning quickly built to a wave as male party members also broke with Franken, 66, of Minnesota. He has been a leader of the Democrats’ liberal wing and was seen as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.
"I’m shocked and appalled by Senator Franken’s behavior," Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the third-ranking Senate Democrat, said in a statement. "It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time. It’s time for him to step aside."
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon said on Twitter he expects Franken to announce his resignation Thursday and that it’s "the right thing to do."




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