Saturday, 16 December, 2017

New accusation alleges Franken tried to forcibly kiss congressional aide in 2006

Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken is denying an accusation by a former Democratic congressional aide that he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 200 Another woman says Franken tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006: report
Freda Brock | 06 December, 2017, 19:27

"While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve", Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

"It's clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time", Murray added.

The accuser is a Democrat, a former congressional aide, who spoke anonymously to the left-wing Politico.

Another woman is accusing Sen.

"He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me", she told Politico.

Al Franken is responding to another sexual misconduct allegation made against him after a woman told POLITICO he tried to forcibly kiss her following a taping of his radio show in 2006.

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Several other allegations have followed, including a woman who says that Franken put his hand on her buttocks during a picture pose at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

Unlike in other accusations involving Franken where he has apologized, he is vehemently denying these claims and has implied the woman is a liar. LA radio host Leeann Tweeden was the first to come forward, alleging the congressman aggressively kissed her when the two were rehearsing for a skit while on a USO tour in 2006 and groping her while she was sleeping.

"The former staffer ducked to avoid Franken's lips", Politico reports.

Stephanie Kremplin, a U.S. Army veteran, told CNN Franken cupped her breast during a photo opportunity when he was visiting American troops in the Middle East with the USO in December 2003.

"I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, 'It's my right as an entertainer, '" the ex-aide claimed. The Senate Ethics Committee announced in a statement November 30 that it had opened a preliminary inquiry into Franken's alleged misconduct.

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