This file photo taken on November 27, 2017 shows US Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, speaking outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 27, 2017. (AFP / JIM WATSON)
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Democratic Senator Al Franken will announce his decision to remain in or resign from the U.S. Senate on Thursday after facing intense pressure from members of his own party to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct.Franken denied the allegations, Politico reported.Politico reported that Dayton was expected to appoint Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to the position if Franken resigned.Pressure built throughout the day on Wednesday for Franken to step down.Democrats are seeking to set the example in the wake of sexual misconduct accusations against several public figures, including Republican Roy Moore of Alabama, who is running for the Senate, and Democratic Representative John Conyers, who resigned on Tuesday.
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