December 7, 2017

12-7-2017 Franken’s colleagues finally call for him to step down nuggets (Vox)

Democratic Sen. Al Franken’s days on Capitol Hill are looking numbered. [Minnesota Public Radio / Brian Bakst

  • Franken is expected to resign tomorrow amid allegations of sexual misconduct, after 28 of his Democratic colleagues, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, called on him to step down. [Frank Thorp via Twitter
  • Since then, the number of women accusing him has grown to eight, but for weeks Franken has given no indication that he’s going to resign, instead letting a Senate ethics investigation take its course. [Vox / Tara Golshan, Jen Kirby, and Andrew Prokop
  • At the same time, Franken’s fellow Democrats largely stayed silent on the issue, agreeing that the ethics investigation should proceed. Their silence was noted, and criticized, by a number of people, including some of Franken’s latest accusers. [Atlantic / Tina Dupuy
  • That changed today, when a number of female Democratic senators all called for Franken’s resignation, one after the other. [NYT / Yamiche Alcindor and Nicholas Fandos
  • The drumbeat continued throughout the afternoon. By the end of the day, Franken’s office said the senator would make an announcement on Thursday, but did not say what that announcement would be. [Washington Post / Elise Viebeck, Ed O’Keefe, and Karen Tumulty
  • This all comes just a day after powerful Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned, following a growing number of sexual misconduct allegations being leveled at him by former female staffers. [Vox / Ella Nilsen
  • It also comes as lawmakers have introduced legislation to fix what many believe is a broken system of reporting and combating sexual harassment in the halls of Congress, where many cases are settled out of the public eye and sometimes with taxpayer money. [NPR / Susan Davis


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