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Breaking: Sen. Al Franken announces resignation follow harassment allegations

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Update: Sen. Al Franken has announced his resignation following weeks of sexual harassment allegations were revealed. 

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Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken is set to make a statement Thursday about his future in office, following a raft of allegations he touched women inappropriately and dozens of his Democratic colleagues calling for him to step aside. 

"Senator Franken is talking with his family at this time and plans to make an announcement in D.C. tomorrow. Any reports of a final decision are inaccurate," read a tweet Wednesday from Franken's official Twitter account.

The push for Franken's resignation started after a woman came forward last month to say he had badgered her into an unwanted kiss before he was a senator and groped her while she slept.

That allegation set forth weeks of open deliberation about the political future of the unlikely comedian turned progressive darling.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Female senators are calling on fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken to resign.
    
In Facebook posts and Tweets, the women said the two-term senator should step aside after a fresh allegation that he forcibly tried to kiss a woman in 2006.
    
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote on Facebook that while 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."
    
Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Patty Murray of Washington state and Claire McCaskill of Missouri joined Gillibrand in pressing for Franken to quit.
    
The senator is facing other allegations that he groped women.

Previously Reported: 

Sen. Al Franken is denying an accusation by a former Democratic congressional aide that he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006.
    
The Minnesota Democrat says in a statement that the allegation - reported by Politico - is "categorically not true."
    
The woman, who's not identified by name, says Franken pursued her after her boss had left and she was collecting her belongings.
    
She says she ducked to avoid his lips. And she says Franken told her: "It's my right as an entertainer."
    
Franken says in his statement that the idea he'd claim such behavior as a right as an entertainer is "preposterous."
    
The senator is facing a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into previous claims by other women that he groped them.

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