Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has been accused of forcibly kissing news anchor Leeann Tweeden in 2006 during a USO tour, and Tweeden has a photo of the senator groping her while she was asleep.
Franken quickly apologized after the story broke and called for a Senate ethics investigation into his conduct. But what does that really mean? Glenn broke down the story in this clip (watch above).
“This really isn’t as noble as it sounds,” Glenn said. “Let me explain something: A Senate ethics investigation is what you order when you don’t want someone to get into trouble.”
Read our explainer of Tweeden’s accusations here.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: You know, if you always found Al Franken a little creepy, eh, we now have confirmation. Yesterday, around this time, Los Angeles radio news anchor, Leeann Tweeden accused Al Franken of forcibly kissing her in 2006 when they were in Afghanistan as part of a USO tour.
The kissing part of the story sounds, you know, pretty juvenile on Franken’s part. Doesn’t appear to be the worst part of what Franken did, however. On the flight home, someone — Franken said, take a picture of me. And they took a photo of Franken either groping or looking like he was about to grope her chest, while she was sleeping.
She was humiliated before the picture. When she got home, she was even more humiliated. The incident happened two years before the citizens of Minnesota elected Franken. The guy who played Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live, which I never really understood as funny. But maybe it was just me.
STU: Not in the traditional sense.
STU: Or the non-traditional sense.
GLENN: Yeah, or in any sense.
Now, just like Roy Moore’s, you know, handwriting in the yearbook. We’re probably going to have days of photo analysis, trying to figure out whether Franken is actually touching her or not. I don’t know. It’s tasteless. It’s disrespectful. And it’s creepy.
Franken apologized saying he realizes the photo is not funny now, which actually means he thought it was funny, until he got caught. And as for the forced kiss, Tweeden said, Franken wrote a script for the two, where they had to kiss.
She says, he wanted to rehearse the kiss backstage. But he forced a very vigorous French kiss. She said she immediately shoved him away, with both hands, ran to the bathroom to wash his taste out of her mouth. Franken says he doesn’t remember the rehearsal kiss quite the same way. Who could have seen that coming?
In Franken’s apology, he says he respects women, blah, blah. And asks for a Senate ethics investigation on himself.
This isn’t as noble as it sounds. Oh, my gosh. He’s coming out and saying — yeah, yeah. Let me explain something. A Senate ethics investigation is what you order when you don’t want someone to get into trouble. Because literally nothing ever comes out of those. So don’t even bother with the paperwork on the ethics investigation. We have photographic evidence much Al’s ethics and Al’s respect for women.
Now, Al Franken is a professional comedian, only because professional is defined as something you do that you get paid for. But a guy like that doesn’t get elected senator and suddenly become ward cleaver. The only surprise here is that it took nine years for something like this to come out about Al Franken.