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AP reports Craig to announce resignation Saturday
Published: Friday August 31, 2007

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Spokesman denied Craig would step down earlier Friday

Sen. Larry Craig, who has been accused of trying to solicit sex in a public restroom, will announce his resignation from the Senate Saturday, the Associated Press reports.

According to the report, Craig will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. MDT, saying that his resignation will be effective Sept. 30. Three Republican officials spoke to the AP anonymously.

Meanwhile, Craig's office has not indicated the Idaho Republican's future plans, with a spokesman denying earlier Friday that the senator would step down.

The three-term senator's Idaho press secretary said the Craig plans to return to work to continue "business as usual" next week after the Senate's recess.

"Despite reports today quoting anonymous 'GOP sources" that embattled Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho., will resign Friday, his aide says the Senator will return to Washington, D.C. next week to continue his work as best he can, Craig's Idaho press secretary tells ABC News," ABC News' Ronna Waldman reports.

"If that plan changes, the media will be notified, the aide said."

ABC News did not identify who the press secretary was. Nor did they include any direct quotations.

CNN reported live on air at 9:02 am ET that Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) was expected to resign after an escapade involving the solicitation of an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis bathroom.

"Several well-placed GOP sources in Washington and Idaho say embattled Republican Sen. Larry Craig is likely to resign soon, possibly as early as Friday," CNN said.

"A GOP source with knowledge of the situation told CNN's Dana Bash that the Republican National Committee was poised to take the extraordinary step of calling on Craig to resign."

Fox News followed up moments later by saying the senator would resign today.

"Craig is expected to resign but if he doesn't the Republican party is prepared to act against him," a Fox reporter said. The "GOP has prepared a statement calling on him to resign but they are holding it. They say that if he doesn't resign they will not support his campaign and will actively recruit and campaign against him. They are sending him many signals that he does not have a choice but to resign."

Party leaders were going to issue a statement calling on Craig to resign, but held back. Craig is suspected to have told them he would do it himself.

Senate insiders are being tight-lipped about details, the network said.

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