Transcript for DC harassment scandals growing in number
Return now to Capitol Hill and new fallout from the growing number of sexual harassment scandals in congress just hours after Al Franken resign on the senate floor another congressman announced. He is stepping down because of what he's set to women on his staff and this morning an ethics investigation targeting yet another congressman is expanding. ABC's are assigned this tracking all of it from Washington going or lat. Hey good morning Kenneth and Diana wall after weeks of sexual misconduct allegations swirling on Capitol Hill congress is now seen a resignation double whammy. Till more lawmakers are resigning. One a Democrat from the sent another Republican firebrand in the house unable to withstand their allegation. Let's. Calling it the worst day of his political life senator Al Franken acknowledged it's time to go in the coming weeks. I will be resigning as a member of the United States senate. Eight women have accused the Minnesota Democrat of sexual misconduct. Franken has apologized for some of his behavior but was clear some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Franken is bowed to pressure from dozens of his colleagues to step down. Enough is enough but took this parting shot at president trump an Alabama senate candidate really more. 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 noble out office. And the man who is repeatedly preyed on young girl's. Campaigns for the senate. Will look with the full support of his party. The president and more each faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Allegations that date deny. And now Republicans are seen the first in their party to follow on Capitol Hill. Arizona congressman Trent franks announced he'll step aside as he faced an ethics investigation. In a statement franks acknowledged the inquiry regarding his discussions of surrogate seat with two female subordinate making each feeling comfortable. Franks insists I had absolutely never physically intimidated coerce or had or attempted to had any sexual contact. With any member of my congressional staff. And one other lawmaker is also coming under scrutiny congressman Blake fair and hold a Republican of Texas. The house ethics committee is looking into allegations Barrett hold sexually harassed a former staffer and potentially retaliated against her for complain. Diane and Kenneth. This is something that two of his colleagues Byrd called on him to resign for. All right Charlotte will keep following this went thank you so much.
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