Al Franken Will Not Be Held Accountable

The Senate Ethics Committee is where scandals go to disappear.

Last Thursday Leeann Tweeden, a radio news anchor in Los Angeles went public with the revelation that Minnesota Senator Al Franken had sexually assaulted her.  Franken, you’ll remember is a typical liberal, sanctimoniously denouncing millions of American voters as racist, sexist bigots just because we didn’t vote for Democrats.

Ms. Tweeden’s written statement and video interview are on the website of KABC radio where she works.

In December, 2006 she was a performer on a USO Tour to entertain our troops in the Middle East.  The show headliner was then comedian, now Senator Franken.  She reports that while she and Franken rehearsed for a skit backstage, when nobody else was around, he forced her to endure an unwanted kiss…

…he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.

Ms. Tweeden immediately pushed him away.  For the remaining two weeks of the tour she avoided him, while he retaliated with petty insults.  Then, on the flight back to the US in a military transport plane, Franken posed for the photo above with his hands on her breasts – while she was asleep.

Because Franken and the elite media and the Washington establishment couldn’t deny it, he apologized for the photo.  But, regarding the kiss Franken’s written press release says…

While I don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to women’s experiences.

Not quite an admission and certainly not an apology.  More like a patronizing sneer at Ms Tweeden and women in general – again from one of our Democrat virtue signalers who sneer at the rest of us for disrespecting women.

So what is the next step for Al Franken?  Will he be held accountable? Will there be any consequences?

Well, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee. Said Schumer:

Sexual harassment is never acceptable and must not be tolerated.  I hope and expect that the Ethics Committee will fully investigate this troubling incident as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment.

Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell agreed the matter should be referred to the Senate Ethics Committee “for investigation.”  Even Franken himself said he would “gladly cooperate” with an Ethics Committee Investigation.

The fact that all three of these aristocrats of The Swamp so quickly agreed to something should make the rest of us immediately suspicious, knowing as we do that Swampys usually take care of their own, regardless of party.

It turns out that, as Schumer, McConnell and Franken all know, nothing will result from referring this scandal to the Ethics Committee.

It turns out the Senate Ethics Committee’s operations are documented under the terms of a 2007 law, enacted when Democrats controlled Congress, and modestly titled “The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act.”  You can’t make this stuff up!

The committee accepts ethics complaints, investigates and recommend consequences for violation of Senate rules.  BUT…  Senate rules apply to Senators only while they’re in office.  Because Franken was not a Senator when he violated Ms. Tweeden the Committee has no authority to investigate the matter.

Starting in 2007 Honest Leadership and Open Government Act required the Ethics Committee to publish annual reports of its activities. Here is a summary of all reports since the law was enacted.Franken’s assault on Ms. Tweeden will obviously be dismissed.  There will be no investigation because the Committee has no jurisdiction over people who are not Senators or Senate employees and Franken was not a Senator at the time.  Even if Franken had been a Senator, Senate rules do not address sexual assault, so the Committee would still not have jurisdiction.

So, everyone involved knows that referring the matter to the Senate Ethics Committee is a scam to dupe us simpletons outside the Swamp who think words like “investigation” and “consequences” that would apply to us also apply to our betters in Congress.  But of course not! The ethics committee will quietly report, probably in 2019, that Franken’s sexual assault was dismissed without investigation for lack of jurisdiction.

Nothing will happen to  Franken.  The current uproar will fade from view as soon as the media stampede to the next scandal. It’s over.

Yet, the politicians keep telling the media, and the media keep telling us, ominously, that Franken “faces an Ethics Committee investigation.”  And they wonder why we have become so cynical, believing most of their reports are fake news!

 

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