Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota will announce on Thursday that he is stepping down from his Senate seat, Minnesota Public Radio’s MPR News reports, citing a Democratic official who has spoken with Franken.
Earlier today Franken said in a tweet that he will make an announcement tomorrow, but he did not specify what he would be announcing. You can see his tweet below.
The news comes as Franken’s Democratic colleagues have been increasingly calling for his resignation amid allegations of sexual misbehavior.
After MPR reported that Franken was preparing to resign, Franken’s official Twitter account denied that it’s a done deal, tweeting: “No final decision has been made and the senator is still talking with his family.”
The New York Times reported that support for Franken had “all but collapsed” today among his Democratic Senate colleagues after a sixth woman said he had made an improper advance on her.
The report quotes Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York saying this evening: “Senator Franken should resign. I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments, but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately.”
The Times notes: “If Mr. Franken resigns, the state’s Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, could choose his successor from a list of prominent female Democrats, including Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Attorney General Lori Swanson.”