Al Franken set to make an announcement this morning on the Senate floor about his political future

Al Franken set to make an announcement this morning on the Senate floor about his political future
Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) is expected to make an announcement Thursday, "but the senator’s staff insisted no final decision had been made.” (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) will make an announcement about his political future Thursday on the Senate floor about his political future amid sexual harassment allegations.

In a tweet, the senator’s office said Franken “is scheduled to deliver a speech from the Senate floor at 11:45 AM ET.”

A top Democratic official told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Franken will resign, “but the senator’s staff insisted no final decision had been made.”

What happened?

Multiple women have accused Franken of groping them. One of the accusers, Leeann Tweeden, said Franken sexually harassed her while they were both part of a 2006 USO tour. She shared a picture of Franken appearing to grope her breasts while she slept.

At a news conference last month, Franken told reporters that he apologizes to those “who feel that I have done something disrespectful or that hurt them. For that, I am tremendously sorry.”

On Wednesday, many of Franken’s fellow Democrats called for him to resign from the Senate. The calls for Franken to step aside came shortly after Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) announced his retirement amid sexual misconduct allegations.

The calls for Franken’s resignation came shortly before the Alabama Senate election on Tuesday. In that race, Republican candidate Roy Moore has been accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s.

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