Another Senator Comes Out and Admits Regretting Calling for Al Franken’s Resignation

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was the first in Congress to go on record to say Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) should not resign until the ethics investigation is complete into his alleged sexual misconduct. He further said the way fellow Democrats treated him was “atrocious.” A few other senators, who remained anonymous, also said they regretted calling for his resignation.

“I hope they have enough guts … and enough conscience and enough heart to say, ‘Al, we made a mistake asking prematurely for you to leave,'” Manchin added.

“I think we acted prematurely, before we had all the facts,” another anonymous senator said. “In retrospect, I think we acted too fast.”

Now, a senator has come forward to say that he regrets taking part in helping oust Franken.

In a statement to the Burlington Free Press, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said he was too hasty in joining his colleagues in calling for Franken to resign.

“I have stood for due process throughout my years as a prosecutor and in chairing the Judiciary Committee,” the statement read. “I regret not doing that this time. The Ethics Committee should have been allowed to investigate and make its recommendation.”

Politico initially reported Leahy told Franken he should not resign in private but declined to comment for its story.

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