Roger Stone Coached Leeann Tweeden so Bring Back Al Franken!
Kirsten Gillibrand is now calling for Trump to resign.
She has no choice. With many Dems-including many female Dems-up in arms in the way she came down on Al Franken she at the very least needs to demand the same for Trump and Roy Moore.
Nevertheless many are repulsed by Al’s shabby treatment and are demanding the Democrats bring him back.
— Lauren S. Kahn (@laurenskahn) December 12, 2017
Few people in Minnesota are convinced he should quit. Many here think it was a set up job. He deserves a fair hearing with the Senate Ethics Committee.
I’m Not Convinced Franken Should Quit https://t.co/zT5Q4H2UFI
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) December 12, 2017
Some very interesting names are now calling for Senator Al to come back and get his hearing including the ex GOP Governor of Minnesota.
“Carlson contends that Senate Democrats forced Franken out because it was politically expedient at a time when accused child molester Roy Moore (R) is running to become the next senator from Alabama.”
“It is time for all of us to sober up,” he insists. “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 simple fact is that Al Franken has been the Senate’s most effective challenge to Trump and his subordinates,” Carlson concludes. “The possibility of any rigging by Roger Stone and his associates should cause all of us to call for a rescinding of the Franken resignation and a prompt and thorough review of all allegations by the Senate Ethics Committee.”
Hey listen. Republicans like Carlson and Richard Painter are making a lot more sense than most of the Democrats in Congress these days.
“I care passionately about #MeToo. Women are routinely demeaned, dismissed, discouraged and assaulted. Too many women’s careers are stymied or ended because of harassment and abuse. In politics, where I have worked much of my adult life, this behavior is rampant.”
“I also believe in zero tolerance. And yet, a lot of women I know — myself included — were left with a sense that something went wrong last week with the effective ouster of Al Franken from the United States Senate. He resigned after a groundswell of his own Democratic colleagues called for him to step down.”
“Zero tolerance should go hand in hand with two other things: due process and proportionality. As citizens, we need a way to make sense of accusations that does not depend only on what we read or see in the news or on social media.”
“Due process means a fair, full investigation, with a chance for the accused to respond. And proportionality means that while all forms of inappropriate sexual behavior should be addressed, the response should be based on the nature of the transgressions.”
“Both were missing in the hasty call for Senator Franken’s resignation. Some might point out, rightly, that Congress doesn’t have good procedures for dealing with harassment accusations. In fact, the congressional process to date has gone something like this: Lift up the rug and sweep the accusations underneath. It’s delay, deny, pay hush money and avoid the consequences.”
Yes. Now I’ve heard some people use the excuse that because the Congressional process is so bad rough justice just means assuming the accusation is true and call it a day. Teachout has what I think is the right answer: simply improve the procedures.
“Instead, here’s what a fair system might look like: Congress should empower an independent arbiter to investigate complaints — like a Government Accountability Office, with trained experts in the field. Clearly understood mechanisms for reporting should be established. A timetable should be set that ensures complaints receive a prompt response. Both the accuser and the accused could submit questions and would have access to trained advocates and free legal consultation.”
Sounds good to me. I also wrote about an idea a female friend on Twitter suggested: an all female bipartisan panel.
Back to Teachout:
“The independent arbiter would then make a nonbinding proposal addressing what happened and what should be done. It could include a call to resign or for censure, or a range of other responses tailored to the findings.”
“This isn’t just about Senator Franken. Other lawmakers have also been accused of harassment. We need a system to deal with that messy reality, and the current one of investigating those complaints is opaque, takes too long and has not worked to protect vulnerable women and men from harassment. And the current alternative — off with the head of the accused, regardless of the accusation — is too quick, too easily subject to political manipulation and too vulnerable to the passions of the moment.”
We have to find a system with regular rules not just the current ad hoc system-where GOPers are favored as their party is more willing to turn a blind eye to such accusations.
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