Senator Al Franken expected to resign Thursday- here is his replacement (Details)

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**Franken has since denied the report that he will resign. Below is a tweet by Franken**

According to a close source to Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), Franken will resign Thursday as there are mounting sexual misconduct allegations.

An official from the Democratic Party revealed they spoke to Franken. They told Minnesota Public Radio that the senator was planning to announce his resignation during the press conference.

The source also added that Franken went to D.C. to talk about his future with his family.

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This decision comes as many of Franken’s fellow Democratic colleagues have called for his resignation on Wednesday, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Gillibrand wrote in a Facebook post stating, “While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve.”

There were a group of about 30 other senators who followed Gillibrand’s lead and called for his resignation.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) would be named Franken’s successor when Franken resigns. In 2018, there would also be a special election for him to serve the remaining two years of the term.

There is an open investigation into Franken by the Senate Ethics Committee.


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