Politics Key events related to misconduct allegations against Franken

18:52  07 december  2017
18:52  07 december  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Ethics Committee Opens Investigation Into Franken Allegations

  Ethics Committee Opens Investigation Into Franken Allegations The Senate Ethics Committee opened a preliminary inquiry Thursday into allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken. “While the committee does not generally comment on pending matters or matters that may come before it, in this instance, the committee’s publicly confirming that it has opened a preliminary inquiry into Senator Franken’s alleged misconduct,” panel leaders said in an announcement. Five women have come forward with allegations that the Minnesota Democrat engaged in unwanted sexual activity. Franken has said he will continue to retain his seat.Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.

MINNEAPOLIS — Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken : NOV. 16. A Los Angeles radio anchor accuses Franken of forcibly kissing her while they were rehearsing during a 2006 USO tour.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken : NOV. The allegation came amid a tide of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful figures in politics, media and entertainment since claims

In this Nov. 27, 2017 photo, 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 2006. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © The Associated Press In this Nov. 27, 2017 photo, 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 2006. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

MINNEAPOLIS — Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken:

NOV. 16

A Los Angeles radio anchor accuses Franken of forcibly kissing her while they were rehearsing during a 2006 USO tour. KABC anchor Leeann Tweeden also made public a photo that shows Franken smiling, with his hands over her chest as if to grope her, as she slept. Franken, who was a comedian at the time, released a statement saying he remembered the alleged kiss differently and he felt "disgusted with myself" over the photo. He apologized to Tweeden and to the public, and said he would cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

Franken on groping allegations: 'This will not happen again'

  Franken on groping allegations: 'This will not happen again' Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told reporters Monday that he will work to regain people's trust in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct, and vowed "this will not happen again going forward."

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken The allegation came amid a tide of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful figures in politics, media and entertainment since claims against movie

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken : NOV. The allegation came amid a tide of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful figures in politics, media and entertainment since claims

Some of his fellow Democrats condemned his behavior, but most stopped short of calling for him to step down. The allegation came amid a tide of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful figures in politics, media and entertainment since claims against movie producer Harvey Weinstein became public in early October.

Franken canceled a sold-out book festival appearance scheduled for Nov. 20, in Atlanta. He had been scheduled to speak and promote his book, "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate." The senator misses votes on the Senate floor and stays out of the public eye for days.

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NOV. 17

Several women who worked with Franken sign a statement supporting him.

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NOV. 20

CNN reports that a second woman is claiming Franken acted inappropriately. Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken put his hand on her buttocks in 2010 while posing for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair. Franken was a senator at the time. He told CNN in a statement that he didn't remember taking the photo, but he feels badly that she felt disrespected.

Woman accuses Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006

  Woman accuses Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006 A woman is accusing Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006. The woman - who was a former Democratic congressional aide - said the Minnesota Democrat attempted to forcibly kiss her in 2006 following the taping of his radio show."He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me. It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like 'Wait, what is happening?' But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked," the aide said in an interview with Politico.

MINNEAPOLIS – Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken : NOV. 16. A Los Angeles radio anchor accuses Franken of forcibly kissing her while they were rehearsing during a 2006 USO tour.

MINNEAPOLIS – Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken : NOV. 16. A Los Angeles radio anchor accuses Franken of forcibly kissing her while they were rehearsing during a 2006 USO tour.

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NOV. 23

Two women who remained anonymous allege that Franken touched their buttocks during events for his first campaign for Senate. The women told the Huffington Post that the events happened in Minneapolis in 2007 and 2008. Franken says in a statement: "It's difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don't remember those campaign events."

Franken still has not appeared in the public eye. His aides have said he's "spending time with his family and doing a lot of reflecting." He released expanded statements to the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio saying he is a warm person who hugs people and has learned that "in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many." He added that some women have found his embraces during greetings or photos inappropriate and he recognizes he needs to be more careful in those situations.

Mika Brzezinski Questions #MeToo Movement: ‘I’m Just Wondering If All Women Need to Be Believed’

  Mika Brzezinski Questions #MeToo Movement: ‘I’m Just Wondering If All Women Need to Be Believed’ "I'm concerned that we are being the judge, the jury and the cops here," "Morning Joe" co-host saysOn Friday's show, Brzezinski said she was troubled by the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D - Minnesota) over allegations of sexual misconduct and -- in a departure from movement orthodoxy -- speculated that maybe we shouldn't believe all women who make accusations of misconduct.

Al Franken , D-Minn., speaks to MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. The allegation came amid a tide of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful figures in politics, media and entertainment since claims

Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken The allegation came amid a tide of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful figures in politics, media and entertainment since claims against movie producer Harvey

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NOV. 26

Franken tells a handful of Minnesota media outlets that he is "embarrassed and ashamed" amid allegations that he groped several women, but he looked forward to returning to work Monday and regaining voters' trust. He says he was caught off-guard by the allegations against him.

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NOV. 27

Franken returns to work and says he knows he "let a lot of people down." He vowed to try to regain the public's trust, but dismissed a question about a possible resignation. He again promises to cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

Democratic women senators call on Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations

  Democratic women senators call on Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations Multiple Democratic women senators called on Sen. Al Franken to resign, after multiple women came forward alleging that the Minnesota lawmaker harassed them.Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Kamala Harris of California all put out statements within minutes of each other saying it was time for Franken to go.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken : NOV. 16. A Los Angeles radio anchor accuses Franken of forcibly kissing her while they were rehearsing during a 2006 USO tour.

Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken : NOV. The allegation came amid a tide of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful figures in politics, media and entertainment since claims against movie producer Harvey

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NOV. 30

A fifth woman comes forward with an allegation. Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin, of Maineville, Ohio, tells CNN that Franken groped her during a USO Christmas tour in the Middle East in 2003. Kemplin, who was deployed to Kuwait at the time, said Franken cupped her right breast when she stood next to him for a photo. Franken's office released a statement saying the senator takes thousands of photos and has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct.

A woman identified only as a former elected official in New England tells Jezebel that Franken attempted to give her a "wet, open-mouthed kiss" onstage at an event in 2006. The woman said she appeared on Franken's radio show Air America and after the interview, she tried to shake his hand but he took it and leaned in for a kiss. She said she turned her head and he kissed her on the cheek.

Franken accusers disappointed with his defense

  Franken accusers disappointed with his defense In the wake of Democratic Sen. Al Franken's resignation, some of his accusers of sexual misconduct told CNN they are disappointed with his defense of the allegations, saying he shouldn't have continued to dismiss them. Leeann Tweeden, the California radio morning show anchor who accused Franken of forcibly kissing her and groping her, said she is not celebrating Franken's resignation. "I'm not celebrating his resignation. It's a lose-lose situation," she said in a phone call with CNN. "I'm not celebrating his resignation but we also can't tolerate hypocrisy. We can't have our leaders saying one thing and doing another.

Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken The allegation came amid a tide of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful figures in politics, media and entertainment since claims against movie producer Harvey

It has been over a week since the first of four sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Minnesota Democrat Senator Al Franken . RELATED : Another Disturbing Video of Matt Lauer Resurfaces.

A Senate Ethics panel announces it has opened a preliminary inquiry into Franken.

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DEC. 5

Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, resigns, becoming the first Capitol Hill politician to lose his job amid a wave of sexual misconduct allegations in workplaces. He continued to deny allegations that he groped or sexually harassed women who worked for him.

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DEC. 6

A seventh woman accuses Franken of sexual misconduct. According to Politico, the woman, a former Democratic congressional aide, said Franken tried to kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006. The woman, who wasn't identified, says that after her boss left and she was collecting her belongings, Franken tried to kiss her, saying: "It's my right as an entertainer." Franken categorically denies the allegation, saying the idea he would claim such conduct as a right as an entertainer was "preposterous."

A group of female Democratic senators, and some of their male colleagues, call upon Franken to resign. Within an hour, his office released a statement saying: "Senator Franken will be making an announcement tomorrow. More details to come."

An eighth woman comes forward to tell Politico that Franken groped her while posing for a photo at a party to celebrate Barack Obama's first inauguration as president. Tina Dupuy told the publication that Franken grabbed a handful of flesh around her waist and squeezed at least twice.

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DEC. 7

Franken to make a public announcement.

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Women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual misconduct will call for Congress to investigate the allegations at a press conference on Monday. The women will unite for the first time to demand the probe and share details of their allegations against Trump, according to a press release.The conferen ce is being hosted by Brave New Films, a documentary group that released a film about the allegations against Trump in November.More than a dozen women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump during his presidential campaign.

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