"It's clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time".
Al Franken to resign in the wake of a series of allegations of sexual misconduct.
Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire issued a statement Wednesday calling on Franken to resign.
The calls for Franken's resignation came a day after pressure from past sexual misconduct allegations forced Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) to resign from the House; Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) so far has said he won't resign, despite questions about his own behavior in the 2016 campaign. "While he's entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve", Gillibrand said in a tweet Tuesday.
As she hastily left the room, she said the onetime "Saturday Night Live" cast member and writer told her: "It's my right as an entertainer". A former Democratic congressional aide alleges Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, before he became a USA senator.
Hawaiian Senator Mazie Hirono joined the chorus of female lawmakers who condemned Franken and said he should remove himself from office.
A spokesman for Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had no immediate comment.
The unidentified accuser told Politico that the Minnesota Democrat made the unwanted move after a taping of his talk radio show in 2006 - three years before he was elected to the Senate.
Franken denied everything to Politico: "This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous. I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation", Franken said in a statement to POLITICO.
Several women have leveled accusations against Franken - some anonymously. Though, the most damning piece of evidence against Franken is a picture of him mock-groping Tweeden while the two were overseas on a USO tour.