After Democrat Colleagues Flip The Script On Franken, He Makes Major Announcement

On Wednesday, more than a dozen Democrat Senators called for the resignation of Senator Al Franken due to ongoing sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations.

It seems the Minnesota Democrat needs some time to consider his decision.

Daily Mail reports Franken will make an announcement regarding the calls for his resignation on Thursday:

A group of Democratic Senate women from his own party on Wednesday urged Sen. Al Franken to resign after groping allegations against him – causing an immediate flood of calls he step down.

Facing the coordinate all-out push from his colleagues, Franken said he would make an announcement on Thursday.

As we reported earlier, 15 of Franken’s colleagues called for his resignation.

Per Axios:

The senators calling for his resignation:

  1. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)“While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve.”
  2. Mazie Hirono (HI): “Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside. I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good Senator and I consider him a friend. But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women.”
  3. Claire McCaskill (MO): “Al Franken should resign.”
  4. Maggie Hassan (NH): “It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women. He should resign.”
  5. Patty Murray (WA)“I’m shocked and appalled by Senator Franken’s behavior. It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time. It’s time for him to step aside.”
  6. Tammy Baldwin (WI)“I believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign.”
  7. Kamala Harris (CA)“Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down.”
  8. Bob Casey (PA)“I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign. We can’t just believe women when it’s convenient.”
  9. Sherrod Brown (OH)“I agree the time has come for Senator Franken to step aside. … We should be held to the highest standards, not the lowest.”
  10. Joe Donnelly (IN)“Senator Franken’s conduct and behavior are unacceptable and he should resign. I believe there is more work to be done to protect victims of sexual harassment and to reform the system of filing and settling harassment claims in Congress.”
  11. Debbie Stabenow (MI)“Sexual harassment is unacceptable. I believe Senator Franken should do the right thing and resign.”
  12. Heidi Heitkamp (ND)“We must commit to zero tolerance – which is where I believe we as a country and Congress should be – and that means Senator Franken should step down.”
  13. Ed Markey (MA): “I join my colleagues in calling for Senator Franken to step aside and resign. Sexual harassment is unacceptable, completely inappropriate and cannot be tolerated.”
  14. Michael Bennet (CO)“Sexual harassment and misconduct are never acceptable. I understand Senator Franken will make an announcement tomorrow morning, and I’m confident he’ll do the right thing and step aside.”
  15. Maria Cantwell (WA): A spokesman said she is calling on Franken to resign.

Franken has previously dismissed the claims against him and is currently undergoing an inquiry by the Senate Ethics Committee:

The senator is facing a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into previous claims by several other women that he groped them or sought to forcibly kiss them.

‘This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous,’ Franken said. ‘I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation.’