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Missouri politicians weigh in on allegations against Sen. Franken

Josh Hawley and Claire McCaskill reacted to allegations against Sen. Al Franken. (KRCG 13)

A Los Angeles radio news anchor said Democratic Sen. Al Franken forcibly kissed her during a 2006 USO tour.

The anchor also accused Franken of posing for a photo and making and placing his hands on her in an inappropriate manner as she slept.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) tweeted that she believed there should be an ethics investigation.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley went even farther, commenting that the senator should resign from his Senate seat.

Leeann Tweeden said Franken wrote a skit for the pair during a 2006 USO tour to the Middle East and insisted they practice a kiss during rehearsal. Tweeden says she tried to resist but says Franken forced himself on her and stuck his tongue in her mouth.

Franken has since apologized, saying, "I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it."

The Missouri Republican party also released a statement:

“Claire McCaskill and the Missouri Democratic Party have received a significant amount of cash raised as a result of Al Franken’s visit to the state to join Claire in a headlined event last month - in fact, Franken’s PAC has given thousands to McCaskill and the Missouri Democrats. Claire has called Franken a ‘star’ who shines ‘the brightest light on wrongdoing and malfeasance,’ but she is flatly wrong. Claire McCaskill should call for Franken’s resignation and return every cent she and the Missouri Democrats have received traceable to him immediately.”

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