Amidst scores of Democrats now calling for his resignation, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) may resign from office as early as Thursday.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Franken has scheduled an announcement for Thursday. His office has not specified the subject,but Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR.) believes it will be his resignation.
“I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow," Senator Wyden tweeted.
This bombshell comes as a result of several Democratic women now calling for his head based on what now constitute seven accusations of sexual harassment.
“I’m shocked and appalled by Sen. Franken’s behavior,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). “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.”
“Obviously, there were new allegations today, and enough is enough,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). “We need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is OK, none of it is acceptable and we, as elected leaders, should absolutely be held to a higher standard.”
Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has made no comment while Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), has called on Franken to step down.
The calls for a resignation were a dramatic shift from just three days ago when as many as 136 women signed a letter publicly backing him:
We are longtime supporters of Senator Franken, and our support is rooted in the core values that we share. During his time in the Senate, he has been a champion for these values and a steadfast supporter of women’s rights. While we are disappointed by these allegations, we appreciate that he has apologized and is committed to regaining the trust of Minnesotans. We believe a Senate investigation into these allegations is the appropriate course of action and will continue to support the Senator throughout this process.
As Ben Shapiro has stated, Democrats shifting positions on Franken means they've regained the moral high ground on sexual harassment in light of the GOP's backing of Roy Moore.