A source close to Sen. Al Franken confirms the senator will resign Thursday amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, according to Minnesota Public Radio
MPR News agreed to withhold the official’s name because the official wanted to give Franken the chance to talk about his decision in his own words.
Franken faced a cascade of calls Wednesday from fellow Democrats and other political allies to leave office in response to multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
His departure would require DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to name 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.
Dozens of Franken’s fellow Democratic senators called for his resignation earlier Wednesday after weeks of speculation about Franken’s future in the Senate.