Latest on Sexual Harassment/Misconduct Allegations Against Sen Franken 17 Nov 17

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Al Franken is the latest public figure to be caught in the deluge of revelations of sexual harassment and misconduct— and the first member of Congress.

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The Minnesota Democrat has apologized to Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden and said he would welcome an ethics inquiry.





In a post Thursday on the KABC website, Tweeden accused Franken of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour. She later said that she accepts his apology.

Fellow Democrats have condemned Franken’s actions, mindful of the current climate as well as the prospect of political blowback. Democrats and Republicans have called for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is strongly condemning alleged sexual harassment by Sen. Al Franken and says the Senate Ethics Committee must investigate.

Klobuchar called for the investigation of her fellow Minnesota Democrat hours after Franken was accused.

Klobuchar says the allegation is another example why work environments must be changed around the country, including in Congress.


President Donald Trump weighed in, too, saying Franken just last week was lecturing people on sexual harassment and respect for women.