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4 Senators Urge Franken to Rescind His Resignation

4 Senators Urge Franken to Rescind His Resignation
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By    |   Monday, 18 December 2017 09:58 AM

At least four senators are urging Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to reconsider resigning, Politico reported on Monday.

Those calling for him to reverse his decision include two senators who issued statements calling for his resignation two weeks ago and now said they rushed to judgment.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who from the beginning of the crisis urged Franken not to step down until he went through an Ethics Committee investigation, said what fellow Democrats did to Franken was "atrocious."

Manchin said Franken should resign if the allegations are proved true, but emphasized to Politico that "here's a man, that all he said [was], 'Take me through the Ethics Committee. I will live by whatever decision and I will walk away thinking about this opportunity I've had while I was here. But you find out if I'm a predator.'"

Manchin was harsh in his criticism of many of those who issued statements insisting that Franken resign.

"The most hypocritical thing I've ever seen done to a human being — and then have enough guts to sit on the floor, watch him give his speech and go over and hug him?" Manchin said. "That's hypocrisy at the highest level I've ever seen in my life. Made me sick."

Franken's vague departure announcement two weeks ago, when he did not set a specific date, but only said he would leave "in the coming weeks," appeared to leave open the possibility that he could reverse course, but those familiar with his plans said the senator has not changed his mind and intends to formally resign in early January.

Franken also praised the selection of Minnesota Lieutenant Gov. Tina Smith as his replacement and has begun working with her on the transition.

Although at least two senators who earlier called on Franken to resign have now told Politico that they decided too quickly before he had a chance to defend himself. Other Democratic senators who called for him to step down are sticking by their stance.

One of those is New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who helped lead the charge against Franken after reports of his alleged sexual misconduct were published. She said it is important that his resignation send a clear message of zero tolerance and that she was worried the Ethics Committee process was being used as a shield.

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