Sen. Joe Manchin: Dem Calls For Al Franken to Resign ‘Most Hypocritical Thing I’ve Ever Seen’

Sen. Joe Manchin forcefully rebuked his Democratic colleagues’ successful efforts to pressure Sen. Al Franken to resign from the Senate, after a number of women accused him of sexual harassment. Appearing on Politico’s Off Message podcast, the West Virginia Democrat, who did not call on Franken to resign, spoke harshly about the imbroglio: “What they did to Al was atrocious, the Democrats,” Manchin said. Franken announced he would be resigning from the Senate “in the coming weeks,” in an unapologetic speech earlier this month. That came after an avalanche of his Democratic colleagues called for him to resign as yet another woman came forward to accuse the Minnesota lawmaker of inappropriate behavior. Though according to Politico, Democrats are regretting their tough line on Franken: “At least four senators are urging Al Franken to reconsider resigning, including two who issued statements calling for the resignation two weeks ago and Continue reading "Sen. Joe Manchin: Dem Calls For Al Franken to Resign ‘Most Hypocritical Thing I’ve Ever Seen’"

Twitter Erupts Over Carter Page’s Statement That He Has It Worse Than Franken Accusers

Carter Page, former advisor to President Donald Trump, is no stranger to being made fun of on Twitter. Page, who is being scrutinized for his connections to Russia, is the guy who conducted this mouth-dropping interview with Chris Hayes, after all. His new misstep may have provided the Internet their biggest opportunity yet to pile on the consistently beleaguered Trump spox. It has been revealed that he sent Sen. Dianne Feinstein a 15-page letter which covered a range of topics, but mostly painted himself as the world’s biggest victim. The money quote, however, is above, courtesy of Politico‘s Kyle Cheney, in which Page suggests that Sen. Al Franken’s assortment of alleged victims would have preferred to be groped than go through Continue reading "Twitter Erupts Over Carter Page’s Statement That He Has It Worse Than Franken Accusers"

Fmr GOP Gov Pawlenty: Don’t Put ‘Credibly Accused Serial Child Molester’ Roy Moore in Senate

Former Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty appeared on CNN’s New Day the morning of the Alabama Senate race, and the Republican did not mince words when asked about GOP nominee Roy Moore. New Day’s Chris Cuomo pointed out that Pawlenty is not from Alabama, but asked that if he were, would he vote for Moore — the former judge whose candidacy has been dogged by a number of allegations of sexual assault, harassment and all-around creepiness. “I don’t even think it’s a close call,” Pawlenty said. “This is a credibly accused serial child molester, and I don’t think that’s even a close call, no.” Cuomo noted that President Donald Trump has thrown his full endorsement behind Moore, dismissing the allegations and arguing that a Republican is needed in the Senate. “I’d have the right, as others have done, to write in another Republican candidate,” Pawlenty replied. “And that may Continue reading "Fmr GOP Gov Pawlenty: Don’t Put ‘Credibly Accused Serial Child Molester’ Roy Moore in Senate"

Al Franken Accuser Reacts to ‘Defiant’ Resignation Speech: ‘It Wasn’t an Apology’

Tina Dupuy, one of the women who accused Al Franken of groping her, was on CNN today to give her reaction to the speech the senator gave yesterday to announce his resignation. Ever since Franken confirmed his imminent step-down, there’s been a lot of conversation about whether his speech was sufficiently contrite and apologetic to his victims of sexual misconduct. Much of this has to do with the fact that Franken used his speech to take political shots at President Trump and Roy Moore, even as the senator pushed back on the accusations against himself. Alisyn Camerota asked Dupuy to respond to yesterday’s Continue reading "Al Franken Accuser Reacts to ‘Defiant’ Resignation Speech: ‘It Wasn’t an Apology’"

Mika Brzezinski Questions First Franken Accuser: ‘Playboy Model Who Goes on Hannity, Voted for Trump’

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski lamented the resignation of Sen. Al Franken on Morning Joe Friday, after the Democratic lawmaker announced he would be stepping down from the Senate in the wake of a number of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him. “I have an incredibly uneasy feeling about this entire story,” Brzezinski started. Joe Scarborough then made sure to point out that his co-host and fiancée Brzezinski has consistently criticized Democrats as “hypocrites” on Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual transgressions. “I’m concerned about women, who are legitimately sexually harassed in the workplace across America, and where this is taking us,” Brzezinski said, before reading an excerpt from a Washington Post column asking “Was Al Franken’s punishment fair?” Brzezinski then seemed to call into question the legitimacy of Leeann Tweeden’s allegations (the radio host first accused Franken of forcible kissing and groping her while she slept, which prompted the other women to Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski Questions First Franken Accuser: ‘Playboy Model Who Goes on Hannity, Voted for Trump’"

Seth Meyers Hits Al Franken Over Latest Allegations: ‘You Can’t Do That To Your Wife!’

On Thursday night, Seth Meyers addressed the recent allegations and the announced resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). The Late Night host mocked the Democrat when he was asked after the first wave of allegations during an interview if there were more allegations to come, Franken said “I certainly hope not.” “That’s not an answer that inspires a lot of confidence,” Meyers reacted. “It’s like if a cop asked you, ‘If I search your car, am I going to find weed?’ and you’re like ‘I certainly hope not… also, do you have any Doritos?'” Meyers then noted Franken’s latest accuser who alleges that he put his hand on her waist, grabbed a handful of flesh, and squeezed at least twice. “Not only could you not do that to a woman you barely know, you can’t do that to your wife!” Meyers said. “Unless you’re in the Continue reading "Seth Meyers Hits Al Franken Over Latest Allegations: ‘You Can’t Do That To Your Wife!’"

BREAKING: GOP Rep. Trent Franks Expected to Resign Amid Rumors of Inappropriate Behavior

Another one has gone down. Roll Call reported this afternoon that Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) was expected to resign from Congress amid rumors of inappropriate behavior and sexual misconduct. One Republican source told Roll Call that Franks had scrapped plans to run for the Senate in 2012 due to the rumors and it is likely this is the reason he’s suddenly resigning:
“There’s been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012,” the Republican said. “And if this turns out to be true, there won’t be that many people who are surprised.”
Franks told Roll Call that a statement would be forthcoming. Following the story breaking, Franks was spotted on the House floor with other Republicans in what appeared to be a prayer circle.