On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate Ethics Committee should review sexual misconduct allegations leveled at Sen. Al Franken (D-MN).
“Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else,” McConnell said, according to Politico. Likely referencing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), McConnell said he hoped “the Democratic Leader will join me on this.”
Franken admitted on Thursday to posing for a photo while placing his hands on a female performer’s breasts when the two were returning from a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East. The performer, radio host Leeann Tweeden, alleged not only that Franken took the photo while she slept, but that he gave her an unwanted kiss during a rehearsal for one of their joint performances.
In a response released on Thursday, Franken said he had a different memory of that rehearsal but shouldn’t have taken the photo.
“As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it,” Franken said.
Tweeden’s allegations came just as Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore denied multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Women similarly accused Moore of unwanted advances, including at least one instance of sexual assault.