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Sen. Al Franken To Resign Thursday Amid Mounting Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Report

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Sen. Al Franken To Resign Thursday Amid Mounting Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Report




Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) will resign Thursday amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

A source close to the senator said they spoke to Franken and to Franken’s staff, MPR reports.

Dozens of Franken’s fellow Democratic senators, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, called for his resignation earlier Wednesday.

“While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve,” Gillibrand said in a Facebook post.

“I’m shocked and appalled by Sen. Franken’s behavior. It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

“I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).




Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) would name a successor should Franken resign.

A special election would be held in 2018 to serve out the remaining two years of his term.




UPDATE: Sen. Fraken tweeted shortly after MPR’s report to say he had not yet made a decision.

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