U.S. senators call on Yee to resign as he drops Secretary of State bid

Ben Margot/ap file photoIn this March 26

Ben Margot/ap file photoIn this March 26

U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein called on state Sen. Leland Yee on Thursday to step down from the state Senate immediately following his arrest Wednesday on federal public-corruption and gun-trafficking charges.

“If these allegations are true, they are beyond outrageous,” Boxer, D-Calif., said in a statement.

Yee’s defense attorney, Paul DeMeester, has announced that Yee was withdrawing his candidacy for secretary of state, but declined to comment on the criminal case or on whether Yee would resign his Senate post.

Yee, 65, a Democrat who represents the western half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County, was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday on seven felony charges.

In a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Monday and unsealed Wednesday, Yee is charged with six counts of scheming to defraud citizens by allegedly soliciting and accepting campaign contributions. He is one of 26 people named in the complaint.Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsSen. Barbara BoxerSen. Dianne Feinsteinstate Sen. Leland Yee

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