Here’s What a Senate ‘Ethics Investigation’ Really Means

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).

RELATED: Dan Rather Once Excused Bill Clinton Assault Allegations; ‘It Happened a Long Time Ago’

“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.