Tag Archives: Al Franken

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Raises $3M In First Quarter

Politico reports: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has raised $3 million since launching her presidential bid, her campaign said Sunday, a sum that puts the New York Democrat near the bottom of Democrats’ fundraising leaderboard after the year’s first quarter. But Gillibrand still has a hefty sum in her campaign account — over $10 million, more than a number of her opponents …

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Gillibrand Defends Call For Franken To Resign [VIDEO]

Politico reports: “Senator Franken was entitled to whatever type of review or process he wanted,” Gillibrand said. “He could’ve stuck it out, stayed in the Senate, gone through [the] Ethics Committee’s investigation. Those were his choices, but I had to make my choice.” Some major Democratic donors, including Susie Tompkins Buell, have expressed frustration about Gillibrand’s decision to call for …

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Gillibrand Defends Call For Al Franken To Resign: My Silence Meant Defending Him, Which I Wouldn’t Do

CNN reports: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand defended her decision to call on former Sen. Al Franken to resign after allegations of unwanted touching and kissing were made against him, earning praise from a friendly audience of Iowans in Sioux City on Friday. Gillibrand said Friday that she made the decision to help push him out because “my silence meant I was …

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Al Franken: Manafort Won’t Flip Because He Knows If He Talks The Russians Will Surely “Seek Retribution”

Posted to former Sen. Al Franken’s Facebook page: Sean Spicer, who served President Trump for a very limited amount of time, described Paul Manafort as someone “who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time” in the Trump campaign. That “very limited role,” of course, was “campaign chairman.” And during Manafort’s “very limited time” with the …

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Richard Painter May Run For Al Franken’s Senate Seat

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor and prolific TV and Twitter critic of President Donald Trump, said Wednesday that he is forming an exploratory committee that could lead to a campaign for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Al Franken and now occupied by Democrat Tina Smith. Painter said at a State Capitol news …

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Bachmann: God Doesn’t Want Me In The Senate

Minnesota Public Radio reports: Former Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has ruled out a run for U.S. Senate seat next fall, MPR News has confirmed. Bachmann’s reasoning: She didn’t have any “sense from the lord” that she should try for the seat, which was left vacant after Al Franken resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct. “It became very clear to …

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Michele Bachmann Wants To Know If God Is “Calling” Her To Run For Al Franken’s Senate Seat [VIDEO]

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: Former Minnesota congresswoman and current “pastor to the United Nations” Michele Bachmann joined End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker for a series of television programs that aired last week, during which she revealed that she is currently considering making a run for the U.S. Senate seat that is set to be vacated by …

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Sen. Al Franken To Resign On January 2nd

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., plans to resign from Congress on Jan. 2, a spokesman said Wednesday. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who Gov. Mark Dayton appointed to replace Franken, will be sworn in the next day. Franken announced his resignation earlier in December after several women made allegations of unwanted sexual advances or touching and …

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GOP State Rep Enters Race For Al Franken’s Seat

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: State Sen. Karin Housley announced in an e-mail to supporters and YouTube video that she is running in the 2018 special election to replace the departing U.S. Sen. Al Franken. “I’ll work, hard, play fair, do the right thing and get things done,” said the St. Marys Point Republican, who was first elected to the state …

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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith To Replace Al Franken

The Minnesota Star-Tribune reports: Gov. Mark Dayton will appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Sen. Al Franken as Minnesota’s next U.S. senator, according to two high-level Democratic sources with knowledge of the decision. Dayton will name Smith as his choice at a Wednesday morning news conference, and she plans to run for the seat in a 2018 special election, …

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Bryan Fischer: Al Franken Is Faking His Resignation

Hate radio host Bryan Fischer writes: Not only did Al Franken not resign yesterday, it is my prediction that he will never resign. He will not resign until Roy Moore does – and since there is no way Roy Moore is going to do that, there’s no way Al Franken is going to do that either.  All Franken said what …

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LIVE VIDEO: Sen. Al Franken Expected To Resign

UPDATE: Multiple outlets are reporting that Franken will resign. Minnesota Public Radio reports: Minnesota Democrat Al Franken, facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct and vanishing support from fellow Democrats, appears to be on the brink of resigning from the Senate. A Democratic official who spoke to Franken and key aides told MPR News Franken will resign Thursday. He’s expected to …

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Five Female Dem Senators: Al Franken Must Resign

Politico reports: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him. “While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Mediaite reports: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders takes the podium for the daily briefing on Friday afternoon. And based upon the events of the past 24 hours, one can pretty well guess the dominant line of inquiry from the White House press corps. Late Thursday night, President Donald Trump — apparently unable to help himself — weighed in …

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Trump Remains Silent On Moore, Rips Al “Frankenstien”

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump is displaying selective outrage over allegations of sexual harassment against prominent men in politics, as his own tortured past lingers over his response. Trump moved quickly Thursday to condemn accusations against Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken as “really bad,” but he has remained conspicuously silent on the more serious claims leveled against Roy Moore, the …

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Sen. Al Franken Apologizes After Groping Claim

The Washington Post reports: Broadcaster and model Leeann Tweeden said Thursday that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) “forcibly kissed” her and groped her during a USO tour in 2006, saying that “there’s nothing funny about sexual assault.” “You knew exactly what you were doing,” Tweeden wrote in a blog post for Los Angeles radio station KABC, for whom she works as …

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Jeff Sessions Under Fire For Not Disclosing Russia Convo With Papadopoulos During Senate Hearings

CNN reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is once again under scrutiny on Capitol Hill regarding his candor about Russia and the Trump campaign amid revelations that he rejected a suggestion to convene a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump last year. According to court filings unsealed this week, Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos suggested at …

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Al Franken: Pence As President Could Be Even Worse

The International Business Times reports: If Donald Trump were impeached, as some Democrats would like, Mike Pence “would be worse” for domestic policy than the current president, U.S. Sen. Al Franken told International Business Times. But the vice president would be less dangerous on foreign policy, said Franken. “Pence ran the transition and some of the very worst nominees, I …

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Al Franken: Jeff Sessions Committed Perjury [VIDEO]

The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., suspects Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have lied about his communications with Russian officials under oath when testifying during the Senate confirmation process. “I think that he did not answer truthfully under oath,” Franken said during an interview on MSNBC on Friday night. He was responding to the question of whether Sessions …

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Senate Dems: Sessions May Have Committed Perjury

Politico reports: Two influential Senate Democrats disclosed Thursday that they had privately asked former FBI Director James Comey to investigate all contacts and communications that Attorney General Jeff Sessions or his aides may have had with officials from the Russian government — and raised the issue of whether Sessions had committed perjury in his Senate testimony. The revelation by Sens. …

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