Yes Sen. Murkowski, there is a role for Congress in investigating Trump groping

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was unequivocal in her call for Sen. Al Franken to resign from Congress because of allegations about inappropriate behavior, has no intention of holding President Donald Trump to the same standard.

The reason for this hypocritical approach is party affiliation.

Still, she is the one who boldly declared last week, "Whether you are in the media, politics, or anywhere else abuse of power is unacceptable & shouldn’t be tolerated at any place at any level."

It's just far more unacceptable if you are a Democrat, according to Murkowski.

Speaking with reporters in Anchorage Friday, she said that she is still trying to decide if there is a part for Congress to play in investigating Trump's behavior. 

The Alaska Public Radio Network quoted her as saying: “The role that we play in Congress for an investigation—that’s one of the things that I’ve been trying to figure out: Is there a congressional role?”

Go figure. But don't make this into a Murkowski mystery tour. No need for a big research project by your staff or endless head-scratching. Congress can investigate almost anything it wants. 

This is the group that allowed Sen. Ted Cruz to read "Green Eggs and Ham" and watched as Sen. Jim Inhofe took a snowball on the Senate floor to disprove climate change.

The Senate has a role. It could hold hearings and put the women accusing Trump under oath. 

But spineless Republicans aren't about to do that. They will launch a groping investigation only if the public pressure becomes too strong to resist. 

A little more than a year ago, Murkowski said this after the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about preying on women: "The video that surfaced yesterday further revealed his true character. He not only objectified women, he bragged about preying upon them. I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for President - he has forfeited the right to be our party's nominee. He must step aside."

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