Bernie Sanders dodges question about whether Al Franken should resign

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Sen. Bernie Sanders on CNN. CNN
  • A Los Angeles TV and radio host accused Sen. Al Franken of sexual misconduct this week.
  • On Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders wouldn’t say whether the Minnesota Democrat should resign.

Sen. Bernie Sanders dodged a question about whether Sen. Al Franken should resign after a Los Angeles TV and radio host accused the Minnesota Democrat of sexual misconduct this week.

“I think that’s a decision for Al Franken and the people of the state of Minnesota,” Sanders said when asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether Franken should step down.

“My understanding is that Al is a very popular senator. People in Minnesota think that he is doing a good job. And his political future will rest with the people of Minnesota.”

On Thursday, TV host Leeann Tweeden wrote that Franken once kissed and groped her without consent in 2006 when they were on a United Service Organisations tour to entertain military service members abroad.

Though Franken apologised and agreed to a Senate Ethics inquiry into his behaviour, some progressive activists and left-leaning opinion writers called for the Minnesota senator to step down.

Democratic lawmakers and major affiliated groups have largely supported the call for an ethics investigation, but have refused to say whether Franken should resign.

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