Report: Al Franken Will Resign

Not so fast, senator's office says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2017 1:49 AM CST
Updated Dec 7, 2017 6:47 AM CST

(Newser) – Fellow Democratic senators are calling for Sen. Al Franken to step down—and a Democratic official says he plans to do so. The official told Minnesota Public Radio on Wednesday that Franken, who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, plans to announce his resignation Thursday. MPR agreed to withhold the official's name to allow the Minnesota senator to explain the decision in his own words. But there has been no confirmation from the senator: Franken is "talking with his family at this time and plans to make an announcement in DC tomorrow," a tweet from his official account said. "Any reports of a final decision are inaccurate." In other developments:

  • A possible successor. If Franken does step down, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will appoint a temporary replacement ahead of a Nov. 2018 special election. A source tells the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the Democrat is likely to name Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.

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