Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised the prospect of expelling Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore from the Senate once he’s sworn-in to office, should he win, due to the sexual harassment and assault allegations made against him.
Four women came forward to say Moore made inappropriate sexual advances toward them when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers. One woman alleged he groped her during a date.
Klobuchar said on NBC’S “Meet The Press” Sunday the Senate may be forced to accept Moore as a member, but that doesn’t mean he has to stay a senator.
“We may not have much choice on that but we have choice on something else. That is that you can expel a senator once they are in with two-thirds of the vote after the ethics committee does an investigation,” she said.
But, all that can be avoided if Alabama voters go for the Democrat in the race, she said to host Chuck Todd.
“There is a step between here, Chuck. That is that there is an alternative candidate in Doug Jones, former U.S. Attorney, great prosecutor, someone running on trust with the voters and also healthcare in Alabama and the real issues that will effect the people of that state,” Klobuchar said.
Klobuchar is also one part of a bipartisan push to modernize the Senate’s reporting sexual harassment reporting procedure.
She said her proposal to modernize sexual harassment reporting procedure in the Senate is part of a plan to bring more women into the Senate and public life.
Female congressional staffers and lawmakers need to know they’re going to be safe and going to be believed in their work place, she said.
“This is about everyone having a safe work place from shift worker to the nurse at the hospital to the teacher at the school,” she said, “so what is next in the Senate is looking at those reporting requirements and if we should make changes there.”
She added the focus on sexual harassment in recent weeks due to numerous political and media figures facing allegations from women about their past behavior has given her a benchmark to hit.
“There are 21 women in the Senate. We should have a lot more women in the Senate,” she said. “I have a dream that maybe one day we will have more women in the senate than victims of Harvey Weinstein's harassment.”
So far, 57 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.