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Craig’s request to withdraw plea to be heard Sept. 26

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Larry Craig’s request to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting will be heard Sept. 26, just four days before he has said he will step down.

A spokesman for Craig has said he is unlikely to try to finish his third term unless a court moves quickly to overturn Craig’s conviction. It wasn’t immediately clear what the impact of the Sept. 26 hearing would be on Craig’s plans. He has been under intense pressure from Republicans to resign.

Craig was arrested June 11 by a Minneapolis airport police officer in a bathroom sex sting. The Idaho Republican pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and in exchange, prosecutors dropped a gross misdemeanor charge of interference with privacy.

Craig has since said that his guilty plea was a mistake. He filed a request to withdraw the guilty plea on Monday.

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