Why is Mitch McConnell Doing This In The Al Franken Controversy?

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Senator Al Franken (D-MN) | Photo credit Fox News

Senator Al Franken is all the talk after his penchant for groping women became public. But it’s the response of House Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, that should be making headlines. After slamming Roy Moore and calling for him to exit the Alabama senate race, he just publicly gave Franken a pass.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles T.V. anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of forcibly kissing her, then later groping her while she slept, during their USO tour. And unlike Moore’s accusers, she has proof to support her allegations. However, instead of demanding that Franken resign, McConnell wants to investigate.

“As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter. I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this. Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else,” McConnell said in a statement.

The House leader got his wish. 

Senators Chuck Schumer and Claire McCaskill joined his call for the ethics committee to address the allegations, underscoring just how hypocritical they are. 

Nobody is investigating the accusations against Moore, after all. His accuser’s statements are being taken at face value and without hard evidence.

Now, please, don’t misunderstand. The allegations against Moore are serious. If they are true, he should step-down and probably go to prison. 

Nevertheless, a key fact that cannot be ignored is that justice relies on proof. We don’t convict people of crimes in this country solely based on an accusation. If we did, Harvey Weinstein would be in jail today.

Given that, what is there to investigate in Franken’s case?

The Proof is in the Pudding

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Al Franken and Leeann Tweeden during a USO Tour in 2006. | Photo credit NBC News

There is a damning picture, and Franken has admitted guilt, an ethics investigation seems fraught with cowardice, not concerns. 

Maxine Waters was found guilty of multiple violations, and yet, here she is spending every moment slamming President Trump.

Ben Shapiro, the founder of The Daily Wire, makes that point as well. 

“Between 2007 and 2016, the Senate Ethics Committee imposed zero sanctions against anyone. Zero,” he tweeted

So, we ask again, why bother investigating? The most logical answer is-McConnell is a turncoat. Moore is a threat to the establishment he rules, Franken isn’t.

In other words, this is politics.