Sen. Chuck Schumer hopes ethics panel investigates Franken

Charles Schumer
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. With Monday’s vote for the federal judge from Philadelphia, the Senate will have cleared its to-do list of nominees to the powerful appeals courts. Nine vacancies will remain, but President Barack Obama has yet to nominate individuals for those posts. "It’s glacial," says Schumer, one of the Democrats’ point men on judges. "It’s for the partisan purpose of hoping for a Republican president." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says sexual misconduct allegations against Minnesota Sen. Al Franken are “troubling” and he hopes and expects that the Senate Ethics Committee will fully investigate.

Schumer says, “Sexual harassment is never acceptable and must not be tolerated.”

He said Thursday that a bipartisan ethics panel should “fully investigate this troubling incident, as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment.”

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. The Democrat has apologized. He was not a senator at the time.