In the past 24 hours, two women have come forward with allegations against Democrat Senator Al Franken: radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden and former radio talk show host Melanie Morgan.
Tweeden shared two incidents where she was violated by Franken, he forcibly kissed her and in a separate incident Franken groped her while she was sleeping.
Morgan said after she and Franken worked together, during an episode for Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect,” the congressman harassed and stalked her.
The exchanges motivated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call for the Senate Ethics Committee to conduct an investigation into the allegations.
The announcement had CNN host John Berman asking, “what’s the point?”
“When you have Democrats in the Senate, and also Republicans in the Senate, calling for an ethics investigation of Al Franken – I’m not quite sure I understand an ethics investigation,” Berman said.
He then asked, “Of what? Because he’s apologized, and he, there was the picture, and there doesn’t seem to be so much of a dispute there.”
Berman continued, “Is calling for an ethics investigation the linguistic formulation of people saying, ‘If the allegations against Roy Moore are true?’ Why don’t these senators just weigh in on whether or not they think Al Franken should stay in the Senate?”
CNN political analyst Karoun Demirjian responded, saying an investigation is a “fact-finding period” and a “safe middle ground.”
She noted that the ethics committee sometimes takes a long time to conduct investigations.
The analyst also said the “long time period” could provide Franken time to consider whether he should resign over the incidents (or whether other senators request him to do so).
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H/T: The Daily Caller