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Franken Denies Report He Is Resigning

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017 05:17 PM

Embattled Sen. Al Franken — facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment — will resign Thursday, Minnesota Public Radio News reported Wednesday.

But Franken's official Senate Twitter account denied the the report.

An unnamed Democratic official spoke with Franken and key aides, and told MPR News the former Saturday Night Live writer-turned-politician has decided to give up his Senate seat amid growing calls for his resignation.

MPR News said it agreed to withhold the official’s name to allow Franken the chance to speak about his decision in his own words.

His departure would require Gov. Mark Dayton to name a successor, MPR News reported. That person would serve until the 2018 election when Minnesota voters would fill it for the final two years of Franken's term.

The senator faces a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into claims by several women that he groped them or sought to forcibly kiss them; the latest allegation was lodged Wednesday.

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Embattled Sen. Al Franken - facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment - will resign Thursday, Minnesota Public Radio News reported Wednesday.
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