RAW VIDEO: Dayton on Possible Lawmaker Resignations, Franken Allegations

November 22, 2017 11:16 AM

During a news conference held Wednesday, Gov. Mark Dayton addressed claims Minnesota state Sen. Dan Schoen is set to announce his resignation amid sexual harassment allegations as well as the allegations leveled against Sen. Al Franken.

Dayton said he has no insight into how Franken will respond to pressure over questions about misconduct.


Franken was accused last week of forcibly kissing a woman during a 2006 USO tour and was photographed reaching out as if to grope her as she slept. A second woman said Franken squeezed her buttocks while posing for a photo at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.

Dayton says he didn't discuss strategy or planning with Franken, whom he called a longtime friend.

Dayton has not called for Franken's resignation. He says an ethics investigation is proper.

Meanwhile, Dayton said he felt Sen. Dan Schoen and State Rep. Tony Cornish are doing the right thing by indicating they would submit their resignations.

Schoen and Cornish have been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women.

RELATED: State Senator Schoen to Resign, Fight Sexual Harassment Allegations

Listen to Dayton's comments via the video player above.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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