Sarah Huckabee Sanders: The difference between Al Franken and Trump is that 'Sen. Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn't'

  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there was a major difference between the sexual misconduct allegations levied against Sen. Al Franken and President Donald Trump.
  • Franken, Sanders said, admitted wrongdoing. Trump did not.


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that a major difference between the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Democratic Sen. Al Franken and President Donald Trump is that the senator "has admitted wrongdoing" while "the president hasn't."

Sanders was asked how multiple allegations against the president, which both he and the White House have painted as lies, are different from the allegations against Franken, the Minnesota Democrat whom Trump lambasted on Twitter Thursday night.

"I think in one case, specifically, Sen. Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn't," she said. 'I think that's a very clear distinction."

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Franken is under intense scrutiny after a Los Angeles broadcaster, Leeann Tweeden, alleged sexual misconduct during a 2006 United Service Organizations tour in Iraq. Tweeden said Franken forcibly kissed her, and she released a photograph of Franken reaching for her breasts while she was asleep.

Franken apologized for his actions in a pair of statements.

"Coming from the world of comedy, I've told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were funny but later came to realize were just plain offensive," he said. "But the intentions behind my actions aren't the point at all. It's the impact these jokes had on others that matters. And I'm sorry it's taken me so long to come to terms with that."

Franken is now facing an investigation in the Senate Ethics Committee.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 1: Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) speaks during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on the nomination of Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, on Capitol Hill, February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sessions was approved by the committee in an 11 to 9 vote. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 19: Al Franken attends City Fair Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis on June 19, 1983 at Bloomingdale's in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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BOSTON - JULY 28: Political humorist Al Franken does a television interview on the floor of the FleetCenter on the third day of the Democratic National Convention July 28, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts. Under heavy security, Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is expected to accept his party's nomination later in the week. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 21: Minnesota Democratic senate hopeful Al Franken is shown at a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on January 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. Franken and his opponent, incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), who held a slender lead following the election, are currently locked in a legal battle over a recount that put Franken ahead by 225 votes out of 2.9 million cast. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) speaks during a women's pro-choice rally on Capitol Hill, July 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The rally was hosted by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to urge Congress against passing any legislation to limit access to safe and legal abortion. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 4: Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) speaks at a news conference to discuss the Affordable Care Act case being heard at the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 4, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Today the Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell that could determine the fate of health care subsidies for as many as eight million people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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"The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words," Trump tweeted Thursday night. "Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?"

Last month, Sanders suggested that the women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct were all lying.

"Yeah, we've been clear on that from the beginning and the president's spoken on it," Sanders said.

During a press conference alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Rose Garden last month, Trump said the accusations leveled against him by roughly a dozen women following the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape last fall were "fake news."

"All I can say is it's totally fake news," Trump said. "It's just fake. It's fake. It's made-up stuff, and it's disgraceful what happens. But that happens in the world of politics."

 

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