Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is accused of sexually assaulting radio show host, Leeann Tweedon, while on a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East. Franken was a comic at the time before his political career. Tweedon says he wrote many of the skits that had sexual content. One of the scripts required the pair to kiss, and he badgered her to rehearse the kiss. When she relented, he forced his tongue into her mouth. Later, while she was asleep on an airplane, he photographed himself groping her breasts and even posted the photo online. Franken says it was supposed to be funny.
Al Franken is asking for an ethics committee to investigate him. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, and other top Democrats also want a Senate ethics probe. But don’t be fooled. This is merely a ploy to make it look like the politicos really care about such things when the real intent is merely to put the issue out of sight long enough so that the public forgets about it. Between 2007 and 2016, the Senate Ethics Committee received 613 allegations and performed 75 preliminary investigations. Not even one sanction was ever imposed on anyone. [That’s one of the reasons Washington DC is known as the swamp.] -GEG
From the Daily Wire:
DON’T BE FOOLED: Democratic Calls For An Ethics Committee On Franken Are Total Meaningless Garbage. This One Statistic Shows Why.
So, we now have not merely a credible allegation of sexual harassment, but an evidenced one, this one by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN): KABC radio host Leanne Tweeden released a picture of Franken apparently attempting to grab her breasts while she slept while both were on a USO tour; she also accuses Franken of forcibly ramming his tongue into her mouth during a rehearsal for a skit on that tour. Franken has apologized – well, sort of – and said that he respects women.
Have Democrats reacted with the same kind of ardor and alacrity to the Franken accusations to which they reacted to the Roy Moore allegations of underage sexual abuse? To read the headlines, you might think so: many Democrats are calling for a Senate ethics investigation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated, “Sexual harassment is never acceptable and must not be tolerated. I hope and expect that the Ethics Committee will fully investigate this troubling incident as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also called for an ethics probe, as did Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), among others.
Wow, you might say. Those Democrats – they sure take sexual harassment allegations seriously, unlike those mean, nasty Republicans!
Here’s what you need to know about ethics investigations: they never go anywhere. Don’t believe me? Between 2007 and 2016, the Senate Ethics Committee imposed zero sanctions against anyone. Zero. Nada. Zip. Zilch. That despite 613 allegations, and 75 preliminary investigations. Here’s the USA Today report:
The committee’s activity reports indicate that in nearly every case, allegations are dismissed because there are not enough facts to prove wrongdoing (13 of 55 cases last year) or there is no Senate rule governing the alleged activity (36 of 55 cases). In seven cases last year, the Ethics Committee carried out “preliminary inquiries;” five of those were dismissed as inadvertent or minor technical violations. None of those cases was made public by the committee.
The House Ethics Committee is far more active:
By comparison, from January 2013 through December 2014, the House Ethics Committee launched 53 investigations, created four subcommittees to probe specific matters and issued 19 “publicly disclosed resolutions” as well as 43 resolutions that were confidential, according to an activities report it issued a year ago.
So a Senate ethics investigation is where allegations go to die.
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