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Sen. Klobuchar: Didn't Call on Franken to Resign 'Because We Are Colleagues'

Sen. Klobuchar: Didn't Call on Franken to Resign 'Because We Are Colleagues'
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By    |   Thursday, 21 December 2017 02:00 PM

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said she did not call on her fellow Sen. Al Franken, to resign over accusations of groping from multiple women because they are professional colleagues.

"I did not publicly call for his resignation because we are colleagues. And we had many, many talks over that time, and the reasons that he gave for his resignation were reasons that he and I discussed," Klobuchar said Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, adding "that was with all of the mounting allegations, but also the senators calling on him to resign, he was put in a place he felt he couldn't be effective."

Franken supports Lt. Gov. Tina Flint Smith, who is being appointed to replace him, Klobuchar said.

Klobuchar said she felt that due process over misconduct is vital and "I think it's really important that we have due process for anyone. This isn't about toppling men; this is about safer worker environments.

"I think that's something all workplaces have to deal with, not just in Congress," Klobuchar said.

Franken will step down from his Senate position on Jan. 2, 2018, a representative said Wednesday. 

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said she did not call on her fellow Sen. Al Franken, to resign over accusations of groping from multiple women because they are professional colleagues.
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