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Hassan Calls on Al Franken to Resign Over Sexual Harassment Complaints


 New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan is joining other female Democratic lawmakers in calling on Senator Al Franken to resign. The Minnesota Democrat has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.

“It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women, and he should resign,” Hassan says in a statement today.

“We are experiencing a sea change in our culture that is long overdue, and we must continue working to empower all women and do everything we can to prevent sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault.”

Hassan joins a growing list of Senators, including Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Patty Murray of Washington, and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who all announced their calls for Franken’s resignation within minutes of each other.

Fellow New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen has said she is unable to comment on the allegations against Franken due to her position on the Senate Ethics Committee, which has launched a preliminary investigation into the accusations.

Franken, who denies the newest allegation against him reported Wednesday in Politico, tweeted that he will make an announcement on Thursday, though no additional details were provided.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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