Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) had an unexpected group of visitors in his office Wednesday – and they were not welcomed. The group was there to demand his resignation and included a woman who made accusations of harassment against Franken, as well as others who have made allegations against former President Bill Clinton.
Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Leslie Millwee all accused Clinton of sexual misconduct. They went to see Franken, joined by Melanie Morgan, a journalist who says Franken harassed her 17 years ago.
The group stormed Franken’s office on Capitol Hill to demand that he resign, and live-streamed the incident on social media (see video below).
Franken has been accused of sexual harassment by Leeann Tweeden, a radio host and former sports commentator, who said Franken groped her on one occasion, and forcefully put his tongue in her mouth on another. A second accuser says Franken grabbed her buttock when they were taking a photo together.
According to Morgan, Franken met her in 2000 during a taping of Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect.” They disagreed about policy and budgets, Morgan said, and Franken wouldn’t let the disagreement go.
Morgan says he not only stalked her back to the green room that day, but he also got her phone number and repeatedly called her. Morgan said after receiving daily calls from Franken, she threatened to report him to the authorities.
On Wednesday, she and the Clinton accusers descended on Capitol Hill in search of Franken’s office, saying they were tired of politicians getting away with harassment in any form.
“We are at Al Franken’s office, and we’re hoping that we get to see him,” Broaddrick said before the group entered the office.
“I don’t think we’ll get anywhere, but at least we can say we were here,” Willey said.
The group asked to speak to Franken, and Morgan gave a long statement recalling her allegations against him, but the senator never came out to speak with the group. They left after police arrived on the scene, but not before they captured plenty of attention and stacked up thousands of viewers.
The women later appeared on “Hannity” to tell their stories to host Sean Hannity (see video below).
Earlier Wednesday, Broaddrick, Willey and Millwee held a news conference, calling on Franken and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) – who has also been accused of sexual misconduct – to resign from their posts.
“They are not sorry. Their apologies are weak. The only reason they apologized is because they were caught,” Willey said.
The women also demanded an end to the millions of taxpayers’ dollars spent to cover up harassment allegations with settlement payments, including sexual harassment claims against lawmakers.
Millwee declared that she’s tired of her tax dollars going to Clinton. “I’m tired of paying Bill Clinton’s pension for what he did to me and all of these other women. I know there are many, many more like me,” she claimed.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) November 29, 2017
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