Numerous U.S. senators are calling for Sen. Al Franken to resign following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.
Politico reports Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first to call on her fellow Democrat to step down. She said in a statement, “While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, 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.”
Other Democratic lawmakers quickly followed, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Claire McCaskill. Sen. Bob Casey was the first male senator to join their ranks, tweeting, “We can’t just believe women when it’s convenient.”
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez also said Wednesday that Franken should step down.