Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday

Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday
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Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: DHS gets new cyber chief | White House warns lawmakers not to block ZTE deal | White nationalists find home on Google Plus | Comcast outbids Disney for Fox | Anticipation builds for report on FBI Clinton probe Senate confirms Trump Homeland Security cyber pick Hillicon Valley: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner deal in blow to DOJ | Dems renew push to secure state voting systems | Seattle reverses course on tax after Amazon backlash | Trump, senators headed for cyber clash | More Tesla layoffs MORE (D-Ore.) said Wednesday that he expects Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenBill Clinton says 'norms have changed' in society for what 'you can do to somebody against their will' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ Trump to hold campaign rally in Minnesota next week MORE (D-Minn.) will announce his resignation on Thursday amid allegations of sexual misconduct and growing pressure to step down by his colleagues.

“I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow. It is the right thing to do given this series of serious allegations,” Wyden tweeted. 

Franken’s office said Wednesday that the senator “will be making an announcement tomorrow.” The notice did not provide further details. 

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More than a dozen Democratic senators called on Franken to step aside Wednesday afternoon, including No. 2 Democrat Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinHugh Hewitt to Trump: 'It is 100 percent wrong to separate border-crossing families' Opioid treatment plans must include a trauma-informed approach Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems want answers on DOJ ObamaCare decision MORE (Ill.) and Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandCongress must confront sexual abuse of military children The Hill's Morning Report — Can the economy help Republicans buck political history in 2018? Sanders gets best reception at early 2020 audition MORE (N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report — Can the economy help Republicans buck political history in 2018? Sanders gets best reception at early 2020 audition Man indicted for threatening Bernie Sanders, March for Our Lives protesters MORE (Calif.).

The calls for Franken's resignation followed allegations Wednesday by a woman who claims Franken forcibly kissed her in 2006.

The calls for Franken to resign are a shift from last week when Democratic senators dodged questions by noting that they wanted to wait for an Ethics Committee investigation into his actions. 

Franken has been battling allegations of sexual misconduct since mid-November when radio host Leeann Tweeden said he kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour.

Since then, multiple women have come forward saying Franken inappropriately touched them during photo ops and at other events.