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All of you have come up with some very good thoughts on Al Franken's resignation, but I have a few more ideas to add.
As Jared mentioned, 30 Democratic senators had asked Franken to resign, which may have been a very shrewd political move. For one thing, it allowed Al Franken to mention the irony of Donald Trump still being in office, and Roy Moore still running for Senate. Left unsaid was the fact that both of them committed far worst crimes that what Franken did.
As of this morning, the latest poll shows that Doug Jones is 10 points ahead of Roy Moore, which seems to show the wisdom of "they take the low road, and we'll take the high road". Coincidentally, some of Trump's accusers appeared on Megyn Kelly's show yesterday, which will ramp up the pressure on Trump to resign, a course that has already been stated by some of the Democrats in Congress.
My prediction is that Trump will be out of office within the year due to one or more of the following reasons:
(1) colluding with the Russians
(2) money laundering
(3) sexual harassment charges
(4) the 25th amendment, which would remove him due to his inability to lead as a result of his mental state.
I agree with former Minnesota governor Arne Carlson that all of the claims against Franken should be fully investigated, since it is possible that at least some of them are not valid. There has been some speculation that one of his accusers
(Leeann Tweeden) had been coached by Roger Stone, but all of the sites that printed the story are not ones that I would consider to be valid, ESPECIALLY the story about Tina Dupuy that appeared in Breitbart.
The fact that 8 women have come forward DOES confirm the fact that there may have been some improprieties, but they should all be examined in more detail.
It is expected that governor Dayton will appoint his Lt. Governor Tina Smith to serve in Franken's spot until the 2018 mid-terms. Since she has stated that she has no desire to run for the office in 2018, that opens up a very intriguing option for the mid-terms.
What if the ethics committee ultimately decided that the charges against Franken were not valid? Would that open the door for Franken to regain his seat in the Senate? Since he has been one of the toughest questioners of Trump's nominees, it might be a good move.