Sen. Manchin: 'I've Moved On' From Allegations Against Trump; Al Franken Should Stay

By Susan Jones | December 18, 2017 | 10:12am EST
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) (Photo: Screen grab/CNN's "New Day")

( - At least four senators reportedly are urging Al Franken to reconsider his resignation from the Senate following sexual harassment allegations, Politico reported, and one of them is Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), who said Franken is entitled to due process.

Manchin also said he's "moved on" from the sexual harassment allegations against President Trump and will not call for an investigation.

Manchin told CNN's "New Day" that Senator Franken has asked for an ethics committee investigation, and he should get one.


"I believe that we should have a process to where women can come out and be protected when they have been violated, and they should be able to state that and be protected in doing it. I believe a person who's been accused ought to have a process that we can investigate thoroughly, and whatever the findings are, be prosecuted or removed or found innocent of those charges."

Manchin said "most certainly" it was premature for members of his own party to call for Franken's removal without giving him the hearing he requested.

"My own fellow Democrats wouldn't even give him that courtesy. Just the political -- the political rancor in here is just unbelievable to me, how you can destroy a human beings's life and his family and everything that they stand for without giving him a chance. That's all I said. And I just think that everyone's caught up -- who's going to be -- who's going to outdo, and it's just ridiculous."

Manchin said he doesn't know if Franken will leave the Senate in January, although his replacement already has been named by the Minnesota governor.

As for President Trump, Manchin said he was scrutinized during the election process.

"Very quickly, do you think that President Trump should be investigated for the accusations of sexual misconduct against him?" CNn's Alisyn Camerota asked Manchin:

"I'm not going to make that determination, because he went through an election process," Manchin said.

"So, yes, an investigation for the president or no, you've moved on?" Camerota followed up.

"I've moved on. I really have moved on," Manchin said. "You know, we're talking about health care. We're talking about a tax cut, not tax reform. Things that we need to do to really solidify. We're talking about the military and the lack that they have of the funds. We're talking about C.H.I.P.S program going down, the children's health insurance program doesn't seem to be a priority. I don't care whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, you've got to be an American, Alisyn. You've got to do things for your country.

"And I've said this. If I'm just here for the political process, the right thing for me to do would be to vote for a tax bill in my state that might be popular. But it's not the responsible thing. Not when we can fix things in a bipartisan way and not have this spiraling debt be a chain around our children's neck."

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