Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillRepublicans may regret restricting reproductive rights Sunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect Giuliani to stump for Greitens in Missouri MORE (D-Mo.) on Thursday joined calls for an ethics investigation into the accusations that Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenAl Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' Andrew Cuomo and the death of shame Could Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? MORE (D-Minn.) groped and kissed a woman without her consent, calling such behavior “completely unacceptable.”
“I’m shocked and concerned. The behavior described is completely unacceptable. Comedy is no excuse for inappropriate conduct, and I believe there should be an ethics investigation,” McCaskill tweeted.
Re Al Franken: I’m shocked and concerned. The behavior described is completely unacceptable. Comedy is no excuse for inappropriate conduct, and I believe there should be an ethics investigation.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) November 16, 2017
Radio anchor and sports broadcaster Leeann Tweeden on Thursday accused Franken of kissing her and groping her without her consent in 2006. The incident happened when the two were part of a USO tour to “entertain our troops,” Tweeden wrote.
Franken, who headlined the trip as a comedian, wrote a skit in which he kissed Tweeden, she charged. He insisted they rehearse the scene, she said, at which point he kissed her despite her objections.
Tweeden also published a photo of Franken appearing to grab her chest while she was sleeping on a flight back to the U.S.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (R-Ky.) called for the Senate Ethics Committee to review the allegations.
Franken released a statement shortly after Tweeden’s article was published, saying he would "gladly cooperate" in an ethics investigation.
“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it," he said in a separate statement.
Another fellow senator, Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandHochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees The FBI comes up empty-handed in its search for a Jan. 6 plot MORE (D-N.Y.), said she believes Franken's accuser and said she expects to hear more from Franken.