Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday

Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday
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Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenWeek ahead: Senate takes up surveillance bill This week: Time running out for Congress to avoid shutdown Senate Finance Dems want more transparency on trade from Trump MORE (D-Ore.) said Wednesday that he expects Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota EMILY’s List president: Franken did 'right thing for Minnesota' Dem pledges to ask all court nominees about sexual harassment history under oath 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 DurbinMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Ex-Sheriff David Clarke: Trump only one who 'cares about black American citizens' DHS chief takes heat over Trump furor MORE (Ill.) and Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandTrump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report Listen: EMILY’s List upbeat about Dem House in '19 Desperate Democrats shouldn't settle for Oprah MORE (N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDHS chief takes heat over Trump furor NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration 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.