Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday

Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday
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Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenGOP senator blocks Schumer resolution aimed at Biden probe as tensions run high Republican Senators raise concerns over Oracle-TikTok deal Hillicon Valley: TikTok, Oracle seek Trump's approval as clock winds down | Hackers arrested for allegedly defacing U.S. websites after death of Iranian general | 400K people register to vote on Snapchat MORE (D-Ore.) said Wednesday that he expects Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGOP Senate candidate says Trump, Republicans will surprise in Minnesota Peterson faces fight of his career in deep-red Minnesota district Getting tight — the psychology of cancel culture 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 DurbinMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Senate Republicans signal openness to working with Biden Top GOP senator calls for Biden to release list of possible Supreme Court picks MORE (Ill.) and Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSuburban moms are going to decide the 2020 election Jon Stewart urges Congress to help veterans exposed to burn pits The Hill's Campaign Report: 19 years since 9/11 | Dem rival to Marjorie Taylor Greene drops out | Collin Peterson faces fight of his career | Court delivers blow to ex-felon voting rights in Florida MORE (N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris honors Ginsburg, visits Supreme Court The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins Kamala Harris: Black Americans have been 'disproportionately harmed' by Trump 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.