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Al Franken schedules announcement for Thursday as calls for resignation grow

According to reports:

Franken’s office announced the event on Wednesday but did not immediately give any more details. Thursday’s announcement will follow the latest in a string of sexual misconduct allegations against the Minnesota Democrat, which surfaced Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, Politico reported that a former Democratic congressional aide is accusing the Minnesota Democrat of forcibly trying to kiss her 11 years ago. In a statement before the calls for his resignation started, Franken denied the accusation.

More than 20 Democratic senators called for Franken to step down. Female Democratic senators, including Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, started the avalanche of calls for Franken to leave the Senate.

There’s speculation Franken is planning to announce his resignation tomorrow. But a Franken staffer pushed back against that report late Wednesday: “Not accurate. He’s still discussing with his family,” the staffer wrote in a text message to a reporter.

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