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.
Senator Franken is talking with his family at this time and plans to make an announcement in D.C. tomorrow. Any reports of a final decision are inaccurate.
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 6, 2017