Sen. Al Franken will resign, Democratic official says

Sen. Al Franken speaks to reporter after time for work last week.

Updated: 4:24 p.m. | Published: 3:50 p.m.

A good Democratic official who has spoken to Al Franken and key aides says Franken will resign his Minnesota Senate chair on Thursday, the state tells MPR News.

The official spoke to Franken and separately to Franken’s staff. A staff member told the state that Franken had gone to his Washington residence to go over his plans with relatives.

• Earlier: Just about all Senate Dems calling for Franken to resign after latest allegation

MPR News decided to withhold the official’s brand because the official wanted to give Franken the opportunity to speak about his decision found in his own words.

Franken faced a cascade of calls Wednesday from fellow Democrats and various other political allies to leave office on response to multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

After MPR Media reported the planned resignation, a tweet from Franken’s official account said it was “not accurate.”

“No ultimate decision has been produced and the senator continues to be talking with his relatives,” the tweet read.

Not really accurate, @mpr @Stowydad. No ultimate decision has been produced and the Senator continues to be talking with his relatives. Please update your account. – Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 6, 2017

His departure would require DFL Gov. Tag Dayton to mention a successor. That person would serve until the 2018 election when Minnesota voters would fill it for the final two years of Franken’s term.

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