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 SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called for an ethics investigation after a woman accused Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans The Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots The Hill's Morning Report - Biden inches closer to victory 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 McConnellBiden's climate plans can cut emissions and also be good politics Acting Defense secretary makes surprise trip to Somalia As Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on MORE (R-Ky.) also called for the Senate Ethics Committee to review the allegations.