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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 1:50 pm

Donnelly urges Franken to quit Senate

Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana was among 14 Democratic U.S. senators who called Wednesday for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., to resign after several allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

The Associated Press reported that Franken's office said he would make an announcement Thursday but did not specifiy the subject.

“Senator Franken’s conduct and behavior are unacceptable and he should resign," Donnelly said in a statement.

“I believe there is more work to be done to protect victims of sexual harassment and to reform the system of filing and settling harassment claims in Congress. I support reforms to protect victims, increase transparency and ensure that taxpayers do not have to pay for settlements made by members of Congress,” Donnelly said.

Other Democratic senators who urged Franken to resign were Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Kamala Harris of California, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Patty Murray of Washington, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Richard Durbin of Illinois.

Politico reported Wednesday that a seventh woman has accused Franken of sexual misconduct. He denied the allegation.