November 12th, 2008
07:02 PM ET
13 years ago

Coleman says he welcomes investigation into his finances

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Al Franken's campaign has continued to bring up the allegations to reporters."]
Minneapolis, Minnesota (CNN) - Just hours after a liberal-leaning Minnesota group called for an investigation into allegations that Sen. Norm Coleman accepted $75,000 worth of gifts, the incumbent Republican himself said he is eager for any probe to move forward "immediately."

Court documents allege that Texas businessman Nasser Kazeminy fraudulently ordered corporate funds be funneled to Coleman - a potential violation of Senate ethics rules.

Alliance for a Better Minnesota, a self-described progressive organization, sent letters to both the Senate Select Committee on Ethics and the Minneapolis branch of the FBI calling for a full investigation.

Al Franken’s campaign and the state Democratic Farmer Labor Party also continue to bring up the allegations repeatedly to reporters.

Coleman said the accusations were influenced by partisanship. “As another Democratic group that spent millions of dollars attempting to defeat me calls for a politically motivated investigation, I want to be clear that I not only welcome such an investigation, but I am eager to have it move forward immediately." Coleman said in a Wednesday statement. "The fact that a United States Senator is being used as a tool of extortion by private parties should be of concern to all Minnesotans. I reiterate that none of the allegations which attempt to besmirch my family’s good name and reputation are true.

"This investigation should move forward, and it is my hope that those who were behind this matter, their motives and what their connections may be to my political opponents be reviewed aggressively by the appropriate authorities and the media. This matter, which has emerged again as a result of the tactics of my political opponents, during a recount, ought to raise even further suspicions in the minds of Minnesotans as to its motives and purposes.”

Franken and Coleman remain locked in an unresolved Senate race, separated by just a few hundred votes. A state law-mandated recount is set to begin November 19.

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soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. Don B. from Texas

    Normie! Normie Crockett, king of the wild frontier!!

    November 12, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. RJ from Philly

    Al Franken went from writing jokes to becoming a joke. If he had an ounce of humility, this self-righteous imposter would return to his role as Stuart Smalley so that the laughter he brings would be intentional.

    November 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Ethan

    Just another Republican idiot. Yes, he SHOULD be investigated immediately.

    November 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Gary

    Coleman didn't lie
    Palin didn't lie
    Stevens didn't lie
    I guess in their eyes, ethics violations and abuse of power is acceptable.

    Oh yeah
    OJ didn't lie

    November 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. stephanie

    Coleman is another GOP loser...

    how could Minnesota vote overwhelmngly for Obama yet vote so narrowly for Coleman who has done nothing noteworthy???

    November 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. My Friends, let me tell you,

    im going ice fishing with both these grumpy old men in the land of a thousand lakes.Cold beer,frozen bait and hot soup,what more could you want.

    November 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Jim Doyle

    Of course he's innocent! Just like Ted Stevens and Sarah Palin are innocent. Even after they're found guilty. He'll say he's innocent no matter what happens.

    November 12, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Voter

    There should be a Government run accounting firm and investigation for ALL elected positions/candidates!!

    November 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Barbara in NC

    Kick the slimey republican out.

    November 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Jonathan M.

    After reading the comments posted by ignorant people on CNN I'm not so sure the terrorists are the bad guys. I'm a White Anglo Saxon Protestant, but hey, after listening to you all, I'm moving to the Middle East after graduation, at least they're faithful to some extent and know about pride.

    November 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. MG

    The republican party seems to be a bunch of thugs and fearmongers these days. It's time for them to regroup in a big way. Maybe recruit some smart, honest, people with real family values, rather than faking values and criticizing intellegence, breaking laws and then trying to deflect blame onto someone else.

    November 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. wake up out there

    how many times have we heard the same thing when someone is guilty.....i am innocent, bring on the investigation...the result is usually guilty as hel*

    November 12, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. lil

    These people people will do or say anything to ge elected. Now this
    guy is taking money under the table.

    November 12, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Brendan

    I see that the Republican party has not only lied about Franken in Minnesota, but they have a majority of the US believing it as well. If you think that Norm is more qualified than Franken, please say why. As a citizen of Minnesota, I have heard Al Franken speak and he knows just as much about the issues that matter as anybody. He ran a very honorable campaign and will make a great senator for this state when he wins the recount!

    November 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Marge

    Everybody knows if you don't get enough votes to overcome the MInneapolis/StPaul area the republicans will getca....they re-elected Michele Bachman didn't they. And how she got elected the first time no body knows. With the mega church backing her, telling their members to vote for her and funnelling money to her guess she will.

    And just think. Coleman had his majority in those counties, and the errors were found in those counties. All the republicans are saying that they are "finding" votes for Franken..well if those counties around Minn/St.Paul hadn't made all those "errors" in the first place they wouldn't have had to be corrected.

    November 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Al Franken...stein

    Al Franken is a complete moron. I met him during my tour in Afghanistan, he's a really weird guy. I can't believe that Minnesoooootans would actually vote for "Stuart Smalley" just because he's a Dem........good luck if he wins, what a moron.......

    November 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. julio

    Dirty politicians are in all parties, just look at former guv Spitzer and I registered dem btw.

    November 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Brendan

    Yes Marge, I think you just hit the head of the nail. Its not the democrat Al Franken who is making this Minnesota so laughable, but rather the republican candidate Michele Bachmann. How any district anywhere in the US could elect somebody that runs around say God came to her in a vision telling her to run for congress puzzles me. Then to be hypocritical enough to call others anti-American while acting like the perfect religous desciple of God makes it sickening to see her back in Washington.

    November 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Lolo

    Another Californian who thinks the Senate could be funnier.

    Go Al.

    November 12, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. The Dress

    About Michelle's Election Dress:

    Yes it was ugly, but one more thing. It wasn't dignified and neither were the dangling earrings. Who is this character that's designing all her dresses? He's the designer from the edge of the earth.

    Send him packing Michelle, this is not the time to "try newbies". Your fashions will be broadcast around the world on a daily basis. Get a stylist, and a good one. That red and black dress was thumbs down and distracted from the dignity of the moment. Hopefully you'll have a better stylist by the inagural.

    November 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. David

    Whatever happened to Congressman Rangel? All (Republicans and Democrats) should be held to the same account.

    November 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Carmine Abbattiello

    With the way they governed and the dirty tricks they pulled its hard to believe the Republicans got any votes. Morally corrupt and intellectually bankrupt, thats the GOP.

    November 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. Sue

    Richard: it WAS brought up before the election.

    November 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. Milhouse van Houten

    Lies and the lying liars that tell them.Hey,that sounds like a good book
    title,oh wait,it already is a good book title.

    November 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Lee

    Maybe republican voters will suceed in electing more than just one felon to the Senate.

    Country First!

    November 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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