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Senate Ethics Committee could soon be busy with Franken, Menendez: Here's what it does


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The six-member Senate Ethics Committee could soon be very busy.

One sitting senator was accused this week of sexual misconduct and another’s bribery trial ended in a mistrial. And another potential senator has also been accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls decades ago.

Republicans and Democrats have called on the ethics committee to investigate Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., after accusations that he inappropriately touched and forcibly kissed a woman came to light. Franken, too, apologized for his actions and called for a probe.

The last time the ethics committee investigated a sitting senator for sexual misconduct was in 1995. Then, the committee unanimously voted to recommend expulsion of Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., but the senator resigned.

Should the committee forgo taking up the allegations against Franken, they still could be investigating sexual misdeeds of a member. Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Alabama’s special Senate election next month, has been accused of sexual misconduct against seven woman. One said she was 14 years old when Moore had alleged sexual contact with her.

Here’s a look at what the Senate Ethics Committee does and what it could soon be investigating.


Creeps investigating other creeps.

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