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Trump hits out at Democrat accused of groping

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Washington: After days of relative silence about a series of sexual misconduct scandals roiling the United States, President Donald Trump weighed today, bashing a leading Democrat now under investigation.

Trump took to Twitter to hit out at Senator Al Franken, who, it emerged earlier in the day, was photographed in 2006 groping a broadcaster’s breasts while she was asleep.

“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?,” Trump tweeted.

Sports broadcaster and former model Leeann Tweeden also accused Franken, a former comedian once tipped as a possible White House candidate, of kissing her without her consent.

Franken has apologised and said he does not remember that second incident in the same way, but he now faces a Senate ethics investigation that could see him fined, stripped of committee posts or even expelled.

Until now, the White House had tried to distance Trump from a rolling series of scandals that have reverberated from Hollywood to the halls of Congress.

As the storm of allegations has swirled, Trump who himself has faced more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct had largely avoided comment.

For days he refused to call on Republican senate hopeful Roy Moore to bow out of the race after being accused of sexual advances toward several teenagers.

But the US president appeared unwilling to pass up an opportunity to attack a Democrat who has been hyper critical of his conduct as president.

“And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women,” Trump said in a second tweet.

Franken is also on the judiciary committee, which is among those looking into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

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