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Cummings: Double Standard in Play With Sex Harassment Cases

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By    |   Friday, 08 December 2017 01:21 PM

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken did the right thing by resigning his seat, but there still seems to be a "double standard" between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to dealing with sexual harassment, Rep. Elijah Cummings said Friday.

"There does seem to be a double standard," the Maryland Democrat told CNN. "That's why you have the Republicans talking with the president who brags about groping women, 14 of them I think have come forward to say he did that. On the other hand, he's still there."

Further, he pointed out, the Republican National Committee is promoting Roy Moore in his bid in Alabama for Senate, so "we've got work to do."

Franken said Thursday he'd be stepping down after several women said he forcibly or groped them, and in light of a push by mainly female lawmakers from his party. However, during his announcement on the Senate floor, he called out President Donald Trump for still being in office, despite the allegations against him, and Republicans for supporting Moore, despite several women accusing him of sexual misconduct while they were teenagers almost 40 years ago.

Moore has denied the allegations and the RNC has agreed to once again provide resources for his campaign.

Cummings said he does think Franken "did the right thing for himself, and his family, and for the country, and the Congress" by stepping down, but he does believe there must be more transparency about how incidents are handled concerning members of Congress.

"I think a lot of members didn't even know about some of the rules we have with regard to victims, and to go through all of these hurdles to file complaints and things of that nature," said Cummings. "This is a very important issue. I'm certainly sure we will do that in Congress."

In addition to Franken, two other lawmakers, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona and Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, have both stepped down from their seats over allegations of sexual misconduct, and calls are being made for Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, to resign after it was discovered he used $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle a case.

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Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken did the right thing by resigning his seat, but there still seems to be a "double standard" between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to dealing with sexual harassment, Rep. Elijah Cummings said Friday.
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