Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand kicked things off, publishing a post on Facebook aptly titled “Senator Franken Should Step Aside” (read here).
Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Patty Murray of Washington, Kamala Harris of California, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Dianne Feinstein of California, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tom Carper of Delaware,
Tom Udall of New Mexico, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, Gary Peters of Michigan, Jon Tester of Montana, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer all followed suit.
UPDATE –– 12:32 pm ET: Franken is expected to make an announcement tomorrow:
UPDATE –– 2:51 pm ET: Angus King, an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also joined the calls for Franken to resign.
UPDATE –– 2:54 pm ET: Fellow Independent Senator Bernie Sanders is now saying the same.
This comes on the heels of yet another woman coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Franken, which he has denied as “categorically not true.”
Gillibrand’s Facebook statement says that while she has considered Franken a friend, “this moment of reckoning about our friends and colleagues who have been accused of sexual misconduct is necessary, and it is painful.”
Hirono immediately followed suit, as well as a number of other prominent Democratic senators. Their statements will be listed below as they come in:
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