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Buttigieg: I Would Not Have Pressured Franken to Resign

"I would not have applied that pressure at that time before we knew more."

By NTK Staff | 06.04.2019 @11:00am

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) said that he would not have pressured disgraced former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to resign from the Senate during a town hall on Monday.

Franken was forced to resign from the United States Senate in disgrace after several women came forward and accused Franken of sexually assaulting them.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked Buttigieg whether he thought Franken should have been pushed to resign from the U.S. Senate.

“I think it was his decision to make, but I think the way we basically held him to a higher standard than the GOP does their people has been used against us,” Buttigieg said.

Matthews pressed Buttigieg on whether he thought Franken should have been pushed to leave.

“I would not have applied that pressure at that time before we knew more,” Buttigieg responded.

Buttigieg comments about Franken come on the heels of Buttigieg holding a fundraiser with “a Democratic donor who explicitly reprimanded party lawmakers for forcing Franken’s departure and said she’d reconsider giving a dime to anyone who she believed was involved in that effort,” according to the Daily Beast.

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