Schumer calls for ethics investigation after Franken allegations

Schumer calls for ethics investigation after Franken allegations
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHow to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called for an ethics investigation after a woman accused Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart Franken#MeWho? The hypocritical silence of Kamala Harris The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls Gillibrand: Cuomo allegations 'completely unacceptable' MORE (D-Minn.) of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006.

"Sexual harassment is never acceptable and must not be tolerated," Schumer said in a statement.

"I hope and expect that the Ethics Committee will fully investigate this troubling incident, as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment," he said.


Schumer joins calls from several others — including Franken himself — who are calling for an ethics investigation into the allegations.

The calls come after a woman on Thursday accused Franken of groping and kissing her without her consent during a USO tour the two were on.

The incident happened in December 2006, she said, and provided a photo showing Franken groping her while she was asleep.

She said she was sharing her story now because she wants the days of silence to be over.

Franken on Thursday afternoon released a statement apologizing for his actions and calling for an ethics investigation into his behavior.

“I understand why we need to listen to and believe women’s experiences,” he said in the statement. “I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Biden: GOP in the midst of a 'mini-revolution' Ernst defends Cheney, calls for GOP unity MORE (R-Ky.) also called for the Senate Ethics Committee to review the allegations.