Scandal-stained Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) plans to announce his resignation during a Saturday morning press conference in Boise, a national Republican source confirmed.
Republicans in Washington have been alerted that he plans to announce his resignation effective Sept. 30. Craig's move was first reported by the Associated Press, citing Republican sources in Idaho.
The news of Craig's expected surrender to scandal comes four days after the first story broke that the senator pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge following an incident at the Minneapolis airport, and three days after he denied the accusation and told reporters, "I am not gay."
Craig is set to hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. mountain time to announce his plans as pressure to resign mounted throughout the week. His office would not return e-mails for comment.
One senior Republican official, who has been closely monitoring the situation, said Friday he fully expected Craig to resign. Though his decision took several days, it was "pretty quick in Washington speak," the official said.
"There was never any support for him," the official said. "Everybody pulled out the rug."