Franken to hold presser, expected to resign today amid new allegations


It could finally be the end for the Minnesota Democrat, Sen. Al Franken. The embattled lawmaker was hit with new allegations of sexual misconduct this week. As a result, his fellow Democrats are distancing themselves from the former comedian.

The combined events appear to be leading him toward a resignation from the Senate, killing all hopes of a presidential run in 2020.

Franken scheduled an announcement for Thursday, though his office tweeted Wednesday evening that he had not made a “final decision” on resigning.

A huge pile of liberals who make up the Democrat’s side of the Senate called on the two-term senator to step down after a woman emerged Wednesday saying Franken forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006. Hours later, another woman said Franken inappropriately squeezed a “handful of flesh” on her waist while posing for a photo with her in 2009.

This brings the number of women alleging misconduct by Franken to at least eight.

Franken denied the new accusation that came from a former Democratic congressional aide, who said he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio program in 2006.

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