Several Senators Urge Al Franken to Reconsider Resignation

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who said last week he'll step down in the coming weeks due to mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, attends a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who said last week he’ll step down in the coming weeks due to mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, attends a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A number of U.S. Senators have urged Democratic Sen. Al Franken to reconsider his resignation over sexual misconduct claims. Among them is Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia who criticized Democrats for “rushing” Franken into a resignation during an interview on Politico podcast Off Message.

“What they did to Al was atrocious,” Manchin said. “Here’s a man, that all he said was, ‘Take me through the Ethics Committee. I will live by whatever decision and I will walk away thinking about this opportunity I’ve had while I was here. But you find out if I’m a predator,'” he added.

 

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