Senator Al Franken (D- Minn) is expected to make an announcement today on his future in the Senate amid numerous accusations of sexual misconduct.
The Minnesota Democrat has come under growing pressure to resign after embattled Congressman John Conyers retired effective immediately earlier this week.
“Enough is enough,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said at a news conference. “We need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is okay, none of it is acceptable. We as elected leaders should absolutely be held to a higher standard, not a lower standard, and we should fundamentally be valuing women. That is where this debate has to go.”
Franken has apologized for the encounters, which occurred before he became a senator. Some woman have claimed he engaged in unwanted touching and forcible kissing.
Franken yesterday pushed back on a Minnesota Public Radio Report that he was stepping down, calling it inaccurate and saying that no decision had been made.
The 66-year-old has represented Minnesota in the Senate since 2009.