After Trump denied having done what he bragged about doing, several women came forward to accuse the Republican of sexual misconduct.
Franken has apologized 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.
Trump did not endorse Moore in the primary, spurning the desires of some of his anti-establishment supporters.
They also serve a distinct political objective: expanding the focus from alleged sexual actions by a Republican candidate to Democrats as well, effectively making the topic of sexual harassment a bipartisan liability.
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In Alabama, Judge Roy Moore has been seeing his Senate campaign going down in flames as accusations against him mount up. Al Franken less than one day after a woman accused the senator of forcibly kissing and groping her in 2006.
"The President went down and campaigned against Roy Moore", he said. Leeann Tweeden shared a photo showing her asleep while Al Franken held his hands above her chest.
But the strike against Franken indicated a more political rationale.
The "Lesley Stahl tape" Trump mentions is a reference to a 1995 NY magazine story about Saturday Night Live depicting Franken telling a joke about raping 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl.
Trump also threw his support behind Moore the moment he defeated odd. The reference was included in a 1995 NY magazine article.
Republicans in Washington are calling on Moore to step aside from the race and have floated various paths to retain Republican control of the Senate seat without Moore.
Tweeden said she accepted Franken's apology.
While Trump sees an opening to make life more hard for Democrats, it is also true that Republicans' internal politics make his delving further into the Moore race complicated. McConnell, Moore's establishment nemesis, is a subject of disdain to conservative media outlets such as Breitbart and Trump's most fervent backers, giving Trump reason to stay out of their fray. "He still firmly believes that", Sanders told reporters on Thursday, noting, "This is a decision people of Alabama need to make, not the President".