Joe Manchin Says It Was Premature For Franken To Announce Resignation

Joe Manchin Says It Was Premature For Franken To Announce Resignation

"What they did to Al was atrocious, the Democrats", said West Virginia Sen.

According to Politico, three other Democratic senators have started questioning their opposition to Franken: Patrick Leahy of Vermont and two others who were not identified, but reportedly both felt they were "rushed" to pass judgement on Franken. "But you find out if I'm a predator, '" Manchin told Politico.

"I definitely think he should not resign".

At least four are now second-guessing their statements against Franken, raising the question of whether the disgraced senator will still step down.

"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office", he said.

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Asked on CNN whether he thinks it was premature for Franken to announce that he will resign, Manchin replied, "Most certainly".

Minnesota Democratic Governor Mary Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, D-Minn., to replace Franken when (if?) he eventually leaves the Senate.

The feeling is not pervasive throughout the conference.

That includes Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The New York Democrat helped lead the charge against Franken the day that POLITICO published the account of a former Democratic congressional aide who said the former comedian tried to forcibly kiss her after the taping of a radio show in 2006. Lankford has not called for Franken's resignation, but said that the senator "should have gone through the Ethics Committee process".

"She has said, 'He was entitled to a process, but he was not entitled to my silence, '" said one person who has spoken to Gillibrand about the decision.

Manchin believes Franken was railroaded, and he hopes the Minnesota Democrat will stick around until an ethics investigation into sexual misconduct claims can be investigated.

After losing much of his party's support earlier in December, Franken said he would resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. "If they have any decency in them, they'd do that", Manchin said in the podcast interview. "In the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", he announced, criticizing President Trump on the way out.

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