What happens to Al Franken's Senate seat if he resigns?

NEWS     Sen. Mc Caskill among senators calling for Al Franken to resign     
       Mc Caskill tweeted Wednesday morning Franken should resign

NEWS Sen. Mc Caskill among senators calling for Al Franken to resign Mc Caskill tweeted Wednesday morning Franken should resign

Dick Durbin of IL - the Democratic whip - also called on Franken to resign just before 1 p.m. ET.

John Thune, one of the top Republicans in the Senate, said, "That's a decision obviously that Senator Franken has to make between him and his constituents" adding, "I think that's the right call given kind of what we know".

Congresswomen on Capitol Hill called Wednesday for Sen.

"While it's true that (Franken's) behavior is not the same as the criminal conduct alleged against Roy Moore, or Harvey Weinstein, or President Trump, it is still unquestionably wrong, and should not be tolerated by those of us who are privileged to work in public service", she wrote. But that can not excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women.

Facing growing demands for him to resign, Minnesota Sen.

Sens. Kamala Harris, Maggie Hassan, and Patty Murray also urged Franken to step down. "Franken to step aside and let's move on", Jones told reporters. The veteran congressional leader appeared to defend her longtime colleague on "Meet the Press" last month, calling him an "icon" and questioning why his accusers were, at that time, anonymous.

As calls for the 66-year-old Minnesota lawmaker's resignation mounted, Franken's office said the senator would make an announcement Thursday, although no details were provided.

"I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign".

"I have listened to them".

A national conversation about sexual harassment has intensified this fall after the heavily publicized case of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of many acts of sexual misconduct, including rape, by actresses and other women.

"Al Franken should resign", wrote Missouri Sen. "Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party".

Punishment has been swift for leaders in entertainment, media and sports while members of Congress have tried to survive the onslaught of allegations. Another woman's account of a similar incident was published later Wednesday. Al Franken to resign Wednesday, after multiple women came forward alleging sexual misconduct. "It is a moment that we as a country can not afford to ignore", she wrote.

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