McCaskill calls for investigation of Franken
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said she's "shocked and concerned" about allegations against fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and is calling for an ethics investigation.
McCaskill's Thursday statement came after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. Franken has apologized.
McCaskill says "the behavior described is completely unacceptable." She says comedy is not an excuse for that kind of conduct.
A Republican candidate for McCaskill's seat said her response doesn't go far enough. Attorney General Josh Hawley tweeted that McCaskill should join him in asking for Franken to resign. He also wrote she should return the $30,000 to Franken's leadership PAC, Midwest Values, which has donated to her campaign.
McCaskill later wrote in a tweet she donated the money to Missouri food banks.
(Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the latest information.)