Yesterday, news broke of a 7th accuser claiming that Senator Al Franken tried to kiss him on the lips using the justification that “it’s my right as an entertainer.”
The flood of sexual misconduct accusations against Franken has become too much for his fellow colleagues to bear, and Democratic Senators including Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris have all asked the embattled Minnesota Senator to step down.
We now know Al Franken will be making a major announcement today. MPR News reported that Franken would be announcing his resignation, but Franken responded with a tweet stating that “no final decision has been made.”
As reported by Minnesota Public Radio
A Democratic official who has spoken to Al Franken and key aides says Franken will resign his Minnesota Senate seat on Thursday, the official tells MPR News.
The official spoke to Franken and separately to Franken’s staff. A staff member told the official that Franken had gone to his Washington home to discuss his plans with family.
MPR News agreed to withhold the official’s name because the official wanted to give Franken the chance to talk about his decision in his own words.
Franken faced a cascade of calls Wednesday from fellow Democrats and other political allies to leave office in response to multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
After MPR News reported the planned resignation, a tweet from Franken’s official account said it was “not accurate.”
“No final decision has been made and the senator is still talking with his family,” the tweet read.
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 6, 2017