Al Franken (D-MN) to resign over sexual misconduct allegations before the Ethics Committee conducts an investigation.
"What they did to Al was atrocious, the Democrats", said West Virginia Sen. Politico said there were a couple of senators who urged Franken's resignation who now regret doing so, but none were quoted by name. Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson drew national attention for a blog post in which he advocated for Franken to hang on until the Senate Ethics Committee could review the allegations, many of which were about behavior prior to Franken entering office in 2009. I will live by whatever decision and I will walk away thinking about this opportunity I've had while I was here.
Manchin in particular suggested his colleagues' strong public condemnation of the senator's alleged misconduct was disingenuous, calling it the "most hypocritical thing [he's] ever seen done to a human being". That's hypocrisy at the highest level I've ever seen in my life.
He told Politico that the pressure from Democratic senators for Franken to resign was "atrocious".
"I definitely think he should not resign".
The outlet also spoke to sources reportedly privy to a conversation between Franken and Sen.
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Mr. Franken agreed to step down in January, but some speculate he may refuse, despite the fact that Gov. Mark Dayton has already named Lt. Gov. Tina Smith as a successor.
Franken stepped down after facing a flood of calls for his resignation, led by a group of Democratic women.
That includes Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Manchin noted that Franken was willing to go through Congress' ethics investigation process and deal with whatever consequences came of that before he was urged to leave.
"She has said, 'He was entitled to a process, but he was not entitled to my silence, '" said one person who has spoken to Gillibrand about the decision.
"I am chalking this up to him being stubborn enough to want to go out under his own set of rules", the aide said.