SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Barbara Boxer is calling on a Democratic California state senator to resign from office following his arrest on public corruption and firearms charges.
Boxer on Thursday joined the Democratic leader of the Senate in demanding Yee to resign or face suspension by his colleagues. So far, Yee has only announced he is dropping out of the Secretary of State race.
Yee's lawyer says the senator plans to plead not guilty to charges of accepting more than $42,000 to influence legislation and introduce an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker.
Yee's spokesman and chief of staff did not return calls for comment.
Boxer said she supports the investigation, which sends a message that there is no place in public life for criminals who violate the public trust.