Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday

Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday
© Greg Nash

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenCongress should take action to stop unfair taxation of the digital economy Trump officials take bold steps on Medicaid GOP steps up attack over tech bias claims MORE (D-Ore.) said Wednesday that he expects Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGillibrand defends her call for Franken to resign Gillibrand: Aide who claimed sexual harassment was 'believed' Kirsten Gillibrand officially announces White House run 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 DurbinSenate Dems petition Saudi king to release dissidents, US citizen GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers Senate votes to confirm Neomi Rao to appeals court MORE (Ill.) and Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand shows off 'just trying to get some ranch' t-shirt Rubio to introduce legislation to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight MORE (N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJ.J. Abrams, Shonda Rhimes to host Kamala Harris fundraiser Warren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses Pollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 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.