Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Facebook reeling after NYT report | Dems want DOJ probe | HQ2 brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Judge upholds Russian troll farm indictments | Cyber moonshot panel unveils recommendations Senators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill Dems press Justice Department to probe Facebook over political attacks MORE (D-Minn.) is taking over Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMinnesota New Members 2019 Meet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Gillibrand sidesteps question on possible Clinton 2020 run MORE's sexual assault survivors bill in the wake of sexual allegations against him.

Klobuchar's office confirmed on Monday that she would now be the legislation's sponsor.

"Senator Klobuchar spoke with Abby [Honold] this weekend. They had a good conversation, and Senator Klobuchar told Abby that she will be sponsoring the bill," said Ben Hill, Klobuchar's state director.

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Honold, who was raped at the University of Minnesota in 2014, had been working with Franken (D-Minn.) on a bill to train law enforcement on how to interview survivors of sexual assault.

But The Washington Post reported that Honold was searching for a new sponsor for the bill after radio host Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006.

A second woman, Lindsay Menz, also told CNN that Franken inappropriately grabbed her in 2010 at the Minnesota State Fair.

Klobuchar's sponsorship of the forthcoming sexual assault bill comes after she pushed for the Senate to make its sexual harassment training mandatory.

The Senate passed its resolution earlier this month. The move was backed by Klobuchar and other key senators including Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill On The Money: Senior GOP senator warns Trump against shutdown | Treasury sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Senate confirms Bowman to Fed board Senior GOP senator warns Trump against partial shutdown MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill Congress should ban life without parole sentences for children  Grassley: McConnell owes me for judicial nominations MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.