CNN’s Jake Tapper reported in a tweet on Thursday morning that a source told him embattled Sen. Al Franken “believes he can no longer serve effectively as a senator,” and will resign:
Source tells me Franken believes he can no longer serve effectively as a senator and is resigning
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 7, 2017
The tweet comes less than an hour before Franken is set to take to the Senate floor to deliver remarks on the latest allegation of sexual misconduct leveled against him.
That latest allegation, made by a woman who accused the Minnesota senator of forcible kissing, prompted a rash of Democratic senators to call for Franken to resign, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Watch Franken’s comments live here.
UPDATE: 11:18 a.m.: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell corroborated Tapper’s tweet with her own.
.@SenFranken expected to announce he is resigning at end of this year can no longer be effective after fellow democrats called on him to resign
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) December 7, 2017