Minnesota Senator Al Franken's announcement he will step down after charges of sexual impropriety comes as disappointing news to West Virginia's Democratic Senator.
Senator Joe Manchin
Speaking to us before Franken's announcement Thursday morning, Sen. Joe Manchin said Franken should have had a chance to answer to the charges in an investigation before he stepped down.
"This is putting the cart before the horse right now," Sen. Manchin said. "It's up to Al and his wife to make the decision, and that is the decision that will be made. But I think Al should have gone through the process, and it didn't happen."
In recent days, members of both political parties called on Franken to resign, including Ohio Senator and fellow Democrat Sherrod Brown.