McConnell: Ethics Committee should review Franken allegations
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power Republican lawyers brush off Trump's election comments MORE (R-Ky.) is calling on the Senate Ethics Committee to review allegations that Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGOP Senate candidate says Trump, Republicans will surprise in Minnesota Peterson faces fight of his career in deep-red Minnesota district Getting tight — the psychology of cancel culture MORE (D-Minn.) kissed and groped a woman without her consent in 2006. 

“As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter. I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this. Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else," McConnell said in a statement. 
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Leeann Tweeden, a TV host and sports broadcaster, accused Franken of groping her, without her consent, while she was asleep. She provided a photo as evidence.

The incident happened in December 2006, she said, when she and Franken, then a comedian, were on a USO Tour to "entertain our troops."

Franken apologized on Thursday, saying, "I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann."
 
He added that "as to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it.”
 
McConnell's push for the Ethics Committee to review the allegation against Franken comes after he warned Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, a Republican, that he would face an ethics probe if he wins next month's special election over allegations of sexual misconduct toward teenage girls.