Senators react to Franken's decision to resign over sexual misconduct allegations

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues.
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Transcript for Senators react to Franken's decision to resign over sexual misconduct allegations
What's your reaction to great. I didn't hear all of the speech I think economy the right decision. The people of Minnesota and themselves and I respect instances it's a very sad day type of behavior was inappropriate. Hughes decision. He had to make himself very personal thing could easily lose to me it did. Believes program that. He's a friend he's a good colleague at the behavior which was wrong. And I told them that I thought resignation was the only option out good you're right it's a very tough. Situation that he didn't like I think. Where it is very important moment there history and terms that women coming forward and feeling that someone will listen to them or hear them. I. Think as a woman leader and someone. Representing Michigan where women are looking. To me to. Stand up and and then he and supportive of them and so on console. Just endless. Everything to do and but that difficult is these if this is not an easy thing I wish. We African colleagues would be looking at this. Mean for Republicans. And our senator senator. Well I'm not supporting roared. Which currency wasn't supporting or more. On the allegations against him that ring true and useful happens I understand it if he wins. He'll go to. An ethics investigation Maury NTELOS the story yet it's committee will. Make a recommendation. By the discipline at least BO accused. These and about parts and passion analysts to children that is defining moment. And history the United States I think that's trashing accusers who have. You know valid and verifiable claims that they were Houston. Claiming that your voice on tape it's not your voice on tape I think that's that's not and it sells with the American I'll. And there's a big difference here as you shifted instantly that is. For more has denied these things. There's evidence. Infected people. Most agree with with the yeah there's no he did need this picture actually hitting. It's easy. It's very good that's of these didn't. Petition Republicans will run morgue at the same standard that Democrats have been holding Franken to. He's denied the allegations he deserves due process if he gets elected to you give due process. He wants resigned us up to him a warning to step aside that which you are not earn how many. I think he wins he's the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats but if he gets here I would expect that the allegations would go to ethics committee. And they can that would this time that the allegations are substantiated. It involves molesting children have very hard time saying that has consistently. Serving in the this this does establish a new standard for this body. And the standard is behavior before you were elected. Is fair game for determining whether you should be here. And we have to now be committed if that's the standard we have to be committed to trying to find an even handed way they just there's no double standard here that they're playing by the same. I think most people looking at this from the White House senate and house. Look at him differently. I think we've crossed a cultural. The rubicon we process not that people won't behave badly but that we crossed the rubicon where. Women who feel abused. Who in the past politics and say anything because they're afraid to get fired and we believe people trash the reputation. They now know they can come forward and say something and there will be. A lot of people who have their back and back them up not everybody may be but they'll get support that is the most important part of this that people can come forward. And a lot of folks who have their back.

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