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Manchin says Franken shouldn't resign, blasts Democrats

Sen. Joe Manchin. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin on Monday said Al Franken should not resign from his Senate seat amid multiple allegations of unwanted sexual advances, while lambasting fellow Democrats as being "hypocritical" for calling on the Minnesota congressman to make an exit before an ethics review.

Key quote: "I definitely think he should not resign. I think he should submit himself, which he has willingly done and offered to do and go through this complete process of an extensive ethics review," Manchin said on CNN's New Day. "And whatever the outcome is, I can live with that. I say, Al, I'm sorry, you have faults that you've never recognized and these ladies have brought this forward. And these ladies should be protected."