Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said on Thursday that he “felt the process should’ve proceeded" before Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced his resignation amid a sexual misconduct controversy.
“You know, I just felt the process should’ve proceeded. I thought that Al should’ve been able to go through the process and, in the process, he would’ve been able to make the statement he had to make today, [that] he was forced to make, without resigning,” he said.
Eight women have come forward accusing Franken of sexual misconduct and many Democratic senators had called for Franken to step aside this week. Franken offered no apology to his accusers during the floor speech, while explaining that his decision is about his Minnesota constituents.
“It's about the people of Minnesota,” Franken said. “It's become clear that I can't pursue the Ethics Committee process and at the same time remain an effective senator for them."