Franken To Make Announcement Thursday As Pressure To Resign Grows

File Photo by: Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx 2017 6/1/17 Al Franken at The BookExpo2017 in New York City.
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After numerous Democratic senators, most of whom are women, called on Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to resign over sexual misconduct allegations on Wednesday, his office said that the senator would make an announcement on Thursday.

Franken’s office did not specify the topic the senator will discuss and did not offer a specific time for the announcement.

A wave of Democratic female senators on Wednesday called on Franken to step aside, and a handful of male Democratic senators quickly joined the call. Within an hour of the first push from a senator for Franken to step down, more than 10 Democratic senators joined the chorus.

A new accuser stepped forward on Wednesday morning, telling Politico that Franken tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006 after a taping of his radio show. The former Democratic congressional aide joined several other women who have accused Franken of groping or forcibly kissing them.

Despite the numerous sexual misconduct allegations, Franken faced little public pressure in the Senate to resign until Wednesday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has not weighed in on Franken since he called for an ethics committee investigation after the first accuser came forward more than two weeks ago.

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  1. Avatar for sooner sooner says:

    SO, Al does the “right” thing and resigns, taken down by a person who is not at all credible given her exploits on other USO tours. Hey----I’m in no way suggesting that she had it coming but seriously… how and where this story surfaced, the person herself, her history of accepting this type of boorish behavior from other men.

    And to end Franken’s career over this?

    What am I missing here?

  2. He should just accuse the women asking him to resign that they sexually assaulted him and demand they all resign, because thats enough apparently.

  3. If he’s gonna do it, and it looks like he will, he should do so a couple of days before the Ala election and challenge Moore to do the same, if elected, or something.

  4. I admit I don’t want Franken to resign. But it may be better that he does. And I must also admit, I am taking this position for naked partisan reasons, i.e., the Governor of Minnessota is a Democrat. Were he from a state with a Republican Governor, I would have a different view.

  5. It won’t make a damned bit of difference.

    Guilty until proven innocent. Lovely.

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