Amid growing calls for his resignation, Senator Al Franken announced this morning that he will be giving a speech on the Senate floor before noon.
Franken’s office announced the speech in a bare bones tweet that belied the dramatic drop in support from congressional Democrats in the wake of a seventh accusation of sexual misconduct levied against the Minnesota politician.
Senator Franken is scheduled to deliver a speech from the Senate floor at 11:45 AM ET.— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 7, 2017
“No final decision has been made and the Senator is still talking with his family,” Franken’s Twitter account tweeted in response to a Minnesota Public Radio story late Wednesday evening. “Please update your story.”
But the Democratic leadership is now standing firm in statements calling for Franken to leave.
“He has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement Wednesday.