Buttigieg says he wouldn't have pushed Al Franken out of Senate

/ AP

Franken thanks supporters

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says he would not have pressured Democrat Al Franken to resign from the Senate at the time some of his 2020 rivals did.

Buttigieg was asked about Franken at an MSNBC town hall Monday. Several of his Democratic presidential rivals had pushed for Franken's resignation following sexual harassment allegations, including forcible kissing and groping. He resigned under pressure in late 2017.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, says the way Democrats "basically held him to a higher standard than the GOP does their people has been used against us." He says he ultimately "would not have applied that pressure at that time before we knew more."

Trending News

Among the Democrats who called for Franken's resignation were Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

First published on June 4, 2019 / 7:42 AM

© 2019 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Teen loses leg after shark attack; dad punched fish 5 times to save her

A 17-year-old who was attacked by a shark on the North Carolina coast over the weekend says she had a leg amputated

5M ago

Buttigieg says he wouldn't have pushed Al Franken out of Senate

Several of his Democratic presidential rivals had pushed for Franken's resignation following sexual harassment allegations

8M ago

Judge rejects House request to block Trump's border wall funding

Trump's victory is muted by a federal ruling in California last month that blocked construction of key sections of the wall

12M ago

Congress' big chance to help workers save for retirement

Approved overwhelmingly in the House, the Secure Act would do much to help employers and retirement savers

33M ago

Facing possible antitrust probe, CEO Tim Cook insists Apple "not a monopoly"

Federal regulators along with Congress are planning an unprecedented and sweeping review​ of the world's largest tech companies

42M ago

Buttigieg says he wouldn't have pushed Al Franken out of Senate

Several of his Democratic presidential rivals had pushed for Franken's resignation following sexual harassment allegations

8M ago

Judge rejects House request to block Trump's border wall funding

Trump's victory is muted by a federal ruling in California last month that blocked construction of key sections of the wall

12M ago

Biden rolls out climate policy

Biden sets goal of net-zero emissions by no later than 2050

updated 16M ago

Protests ramp up on Day 2 of Trump's U.K. visit – live updates

As President Trump continues his official state visit to Britain, a large protest was expected to fill London's iconic Trafalgar Square

updated 16M ago

Business and politics on Day 2 of Trump's U.K. visit – live updates

President Trump continues his first official state visit to Britain with a push for new business deal before a bilateral meeting with outgoing PM Theresa May

updated 48M ago

Pompeo's Tiananmen Square anniversary remarks draw fire from China

Top U.S. diplomat lauded "heroes" who demanded democracy 30 years ago and suffered for it, and that doesn't jibe with Beijing's rewritten version of history

25M ago

At least 4 killed and "multiple crime scenes" in Australia shooting

Northern Territory Police Duty Superintendent Lee Morgan says a 45-year-old man was in custody following Tuesday's shooting

updated 20M ago

Protests ramp up on Day 2 of Trump's U.K. visit – live updates

As President Trump continues his official state visit to Britain, a large protest was expected to fill London's iconic Trafalgar Square

updated 16M ago

Business and politics on Day 2 of Trump's U.K. visit – live updates

President Trump continues his first official state visit to Britain with a push for new business deal before a bilateral meeting with outgoing PM Theresa May

updated 48M ago

Prosecutor removed from case of Navy SEAL charged with war crimes

Edward Gallagher's lawyers accused prosecutor of spying on their emails; Gallagher is charged with murdering injured teen militant in Iraq in 2017

5H ago

New "Lion King" trailer reveals Beyoncé's voice as Nala

Just can't wait to hear Beyoncé's take on Nala? Be prepared

7H ago

Highest-grossing movies of all time, ranked

What's the highest-grossing movie of all time? It might be one of your favorites

May 20 27 photos

AMC threatens to pull "The Walking Dead" out of Georgia

It joins a slew of media and entertainment companies threatening to exit after the state passed a new anti-abortion law

14H ago

Does Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer lose today?

Holzhauer is just $58,000 shy of Ken Jennings' record of $2.52 million in winnings for the TV trivia show

14H ago

Jay-Z becomes 1st billionaire hip-hop artist

Jay-Z grew up in the Marcy housing projects of Brooklyn. Now he owns three homes and multiple business adding up to a billion-dollar fortune

8H ago

Feds take aim at tech giants with antitrust probes

Lawmakers launched a bipartisan probe into monopoly in the tech industry, while the Trump administration is investigating companies like Google and Facebook

11H ago

Tim Cook: Apple is "moving privacy protections forward"

Apple revealed new privacy features Monday at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference

12H ago

Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 Preview

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) — the video game industry's biggest event — starts next week

13H ago

Apple announces iTunes replacement, iOS 13 updates

The tech giant is holding its annual conference where it announced some major changes concerning user privacy — and showcased one very expensive computer

15H ago

Apple announces it's getting rid of iTunes

iTunes can't compete with streaming services like the company's own Apple Music and Spotify

11H ago

NASA taps 3 companies for moon missions

If all goes well, the landers will touch down on the moon in 2020 and 2021

May 31

Energy Department calls natural gas "freedom gas" in press release

The release isn't the first time the department has associated "freedom" with natural gas

May 29

Thousands of puffins die as climate warms

Mass mortality events are becoming bigger and more frequent in "a changing world"

May 29

Cosmonauts honor spacewalk pioneer on eve of 85th birthday

Cosmonauts dedicate spacewalk to Alexey Leonov, who carried out the first spacewalk in 1965

May 29

Why this year's tornado season is in overdrive

For the year so far, we are closing in on 1,000 tornado reports across the nation

May 29

Laundry pods still a serious safety risk for kids, some others

Research shows hospital admissions of young children and some people with dementia who swallowed them only dropping slightly

1H ago

U.S. looks to help more cancer patients access experimental drugs

Food and Drug Administration announced a project to have the agency become the middleman between patients and drug companies

8H ago

Drug extends lives of young breast cancer patients

The drug Kisqali (ribociclib) is already approved by the FDA, and new research shows it helps some breast cancer patients live longer

18H ago

Data for 12 million Quest patients may have been exposed

Blood-testing company hack compromised people's Social Security numbers, financial data and medical information

11H ago

States target Georgia's film business after abortion ban

Competing states seek to capitalize on filmmakers' intentions to pull billions of production dollars from Georgia over heartbeat law

May 31

Congress' big chance to help workers save for retirement

Approved overwhelmingly in the House, the Secure Act would do much to help employers and retirement savers

33M ago

Tim Cook: Apple is "moving privacy protections forward"

Apple revealed new privacy features Monday at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference

12H ago

As more tariffs loom, experts warn consumers to brace for impact

Companies from Chipotle to Walmart are warning of higher prices for consumers amid trade feuds with China and Mexico

14H ago

AMC threatens to pull "The Walking Dead" out of Georgia

It joins a slew of media and entertainment companies threatening to exit after the state passed a new anti-abortion law

14H ago

Carnival agrees to pay $20 million for pollution violations

Carnival cruise ships continued to pollute the oceans despite a previous criminal conviction aimed at curbing similar conduct

12H ago

Crime

Missing mom's blood found in trash bins

In a new twist in the search for a missing Connecticut mother, police say they have found some of her blood in places where her estranged husband and girlfriend may have been recorded on camera. Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis were arraigned Monday. Mola Lenghi reports.

updated 38M ago 02:51

Shooting at San Diego border crossing when pickup doesn't stop

Border Patrol agent involved at San Ysidro port of entry along San Diego/Tijuana border; no word on whether anyone wounded

4H ago

Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten denied parole again

Van Houten was 19 when she and other cult members stabbed to death wealthy Los Angeles grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary

9H ago

Dallas PD taps FBI for help after 2nd transgender woman killed

Chynal Lindsey's murder comes just two weeks after the killing of Muhlaysia Booker

12H ago

Virginia Beach survivors describe shooting

New details are emerging about the 12 people who were shot and killed at a municipal building in Virginia Beach. Survivors said active shooter training may have saved lives. Jeff Pegues reports.

12H ago 02:19

NASA taps 3 companies for moon missions

If all goes well, the landers will touch down on the moon in 2020 and 2021

May 31

Cosmonauts honor spacewalk pioneer on eve of 85th birthday

Cosmonauts dedicate spacewalk to Alexey Leonov, who carried out the first spacewalk in 1965

May 29

SpaceX readying crew ship for flight by end of year

SpaceX, working through a Crew Dragon failure probe, is protecting possible end-of-year flight

May 28

NASA awards contract for future moon station

NASA is moving ahead with plans to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024

May 23

SpaceX pins high hopes on Starlink satellites

SpaceX plans multiple Starlink launches in 2019 to build out space-based internet network

May 23

Evidence photos in the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit

Jodi Huisentruit, the morning news anchor at Iowa's KIMT-TV was reported missing on June 27, 1995. Mason City Police are still at work trying to solve this case 23 years later.

Jun 1 26 photos

Horrifying photos of Chernobyl and its aftermath

HBO's drama provided a devastating look at the worst nuclear accident of the 20th century. Now see what really happened.

May 31 39 photos

Memorial Day 2019: America honors the fallen

Remembering the sacrifices made by service members in our nation's wars

May 27 37 photos

John & Jacque: A tale of love and war

A look at John Needham, Jacque Villagomez and the events that led to her death

May 25 14 photos

Highest-grossing movies of all time, ranked

What's the highest-grossing movie of all time? It might be one of your favorites

May 20 27 photos

Popular

Aircraft carrier deployed amid Iran tensions

Iran has rejected an offer for talks from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, citing President Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal. A U.S. aircraft carrier was recently deployed to the region to counter a perceived threat from Iran. Charlie D'Agata was on board.

updated 36M ago 02:25

Missing mom's blood found in trash bins

In a new twist in the search for a missing Connecticut mother, police say they have found some of her blood in places where her estranged husband and girlfriend may have been recorded on camera. Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis were arraigned Monday. Mola Lenghi reports.

updated 38M ago 02:51

Trump meets with May as thousands protest

President Trump is spending much of his second day in Britain with the prime minister who's about to lose her job. The president and Theresa May are discussing a wide range of topics, including climate change, trade and Brexit. A short distance away, thousands of protesters have gathered to demonstrate against Mr. Trump. Paula Reid reports from London.

updated 47M ago 03:40

Eye Opener: Trump UK visit turns to politics

President Trump meets with Britain's prime minister in London to talk trade and Brexit as thousands of protesters gather nearby. Also, Congress and the Trump administration prepare to investigate Silicon Valley's giants. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.

updated 49M ago 02:09

Tim Cook insists Apple is "not a monopoly"

CBS News' Norah O'Donnell, the incoming anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News," sat down with Apple CEO Tim Cook in San Jose, California, for an exclusive interview after his keynote address at Monday's annual Worldwide Developers Conference. O'Donnell asked Cook about the changes the company announced and ramped-up government scrutiny.

updated 31M ago 01:37