Ex-GOP governor says Franken should keep job- ‘absence of anything resembling due process’ (Details)

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Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson (R) has issued a statement saying Sen. Al Franken should not give up his Senate seat until he receives “due process” from the congressional ethics committee.

Carlson posted the statement on his personal blog.

Carlson stated that he is “deeply troubled by the resignation of Al Franken and the complete absence of anything resembling due process.”

The former governor believes the Roy Moore situation had a lot to do with Democrats pushing Franken out.

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“Senate Democrats who asked for Franken’s resignation may have been motivated more by the politics of the Alabama Senate race than the seriousness of the allegations,” he stated.

Carlson includes a reference to reports that Franken’s original accuser, Leeann Tweeden, has allegedly been coached by Trump’s ally Roger Stone.

Now reports are surfacing that Leeann Tweeden, Franken’s prime accuser, may have been coached by Roger Stone, a major Trump operator. Since there was no vetting, we only heard her story. But there has been no explanation as to why she attended a USO event in 2009 honoring Franken and was captured on tape joking around with him. This is three years after she claimed to be traumatized by Franken.

She continued in 2011 with a tweet containing a photo of her and Franken together.

This is all very troubling. A rush to judgment is, unfortunately, all too human. But a rush to punishment is totally unacceptable.


“It is time for all of us to sober up,” he went on. “While I am not always in agreement with Senator Al Franken, I firmly believe in due process which is a cornerstone of our democratic way of living. Whenever in history we abandoned it, we severely damaged ourselves.”

The former governor also pointed out that Franken has been one of the leading opponents of Trump and his administration.


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