By Robert Donachie
Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota called reports claiming he will announce his retirement Thursday inaccurate and asked that outlets reporting the inaccuracies to correct their stories.
Minnesota-based outlet MPRNews reported Wednesday night that an unnamed Democratic official who has had contact with both Franken and members of his staff said the senator plans to resign Thursday.
A number of media outlets, including The Hill and Market Watch, quickly reported MPRNews’ report, but later corrected their respective stories to include Franken’s comment.
News anchor Leeann Tweeden claims that Franken sexually harassed and assaulted her on a number of occasions during a United Service Organizations (USO) entertainment tour in the Middle East in 2006. Franken, a former writer and actor for “Saturday Night Live,” also reportedly wrote a script for a USO show that had him kissing Tweeden. She claims he harassed her during rehearsals.
She allegedly found a photo after returning home from the tour that shows Franken with his hands over her breasts and smiling.
Seven other women have come forward claiming Franken sexually harassed them.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with 31 other Democratic senators, called on Franken to resign Wednesday.