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. Scott Tucson

    Franken is a lousy comedian and will surely make a lousy senator. In other words he's perfect as a democratic senator.

    I rather see investigations into the fannie-mae and freddie-mac debacle and see where that leads too?

    November 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Brian NYC

    I dont know why there is a picture of Al there but he must have been telling a mean joke cause Bill is in the background cracking it up.

    November 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Nobama

    Al Franken is a waste.

    November 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Syed Shamsuddoha

    No a big thing. He took his share like any other senator or congressman does. So why is it a big deal now? Did Palin abuse her power? Sure she did. Did McCain abuse his power? Yes he did. Did McCain had extramarital affairs? Yes he did. So did former president Bill Clinton.

    Another goof is Mr. Mike Huckabee. Mr. Huckabee tells the twisted lie that can help his party. What happened to Gretchen Carlson of Fox News that interviewed former British prime Minister Tony Blair just before the election? Gretchen Carlson did ask Tony Blair if Sarah Palin was to be compared with Margaret Thatcher (comparing a Kiwi Bird with a crow!!!). Gretchen really did want to make Sarah Palin a high profile, but Tony Blair dodged that question out. Remember, Tony Blair went to Iraq war with Mr. Bush without much merit? Gretchen was supposed to interview Tony Blair again on November 05 to know the comparison of Ms. Thatcher with Sarah Palin, but she did not do so because she herself became another laughing joke.

    Let Mr. Coleman have his share like others. When the Democrats try to balance the budget, it's called socialism (by the Republicans); and when the Republicans eat up the whole economy, it cannot be judged. Remember, Republicans are the ones being paid for their lavish lifestyle by the NRA and they are the ones who possess all the guns and ammunition.



    November 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Joe Banana

    You guys think Coleman is dirty and we just elected a guy for President who was friends with the likes of Ayers, Rezko, Kahlidi. Isnt that like the pot calling the kettle black.[ no pun intended]

    November 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Once you vote Black

    Who do you think said the following:
    And I speak for other Republicans, other Republican governors also, they being willing also to, again, seize this opportunity that we have to progress this nation together, a united front.

    November 12, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. grahame

    Of course he welcomes an investigation since he knows that such a thing would take a long time with no result until after he's lost. in other words this is just another Republican scam.

    November 12, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Since SO many of the FAR-RIGHT comments are about INVESTIGATIONS, why not throw Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove and all the other WAR criminals, into the Courts at the Hague?! After all they violated the Geneva Convention and have sanctioned torture!

    @ "The Dress".......... get over it. Who cares what Mrs. Obama wears, what's IMPORTANT is how President-elect governs!

    So many petty people, get a life!

    November 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. The Dress?

    Dont worry about a dress lady,worry about the mess you moron.

    November 12, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. mark

    Can't believe anyone would vote for Franken. His rape jokes weren't funny – He's pathetic. He'll do and say anything to turn the election in his favor. Minnesota deserves better – Norm should win.

    November 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Juan Grain

    It won't be neccasary, Franken-Stien will win!!!

    November 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Franken is a Snake!

    November 12, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Levar Patterson

    "This isn't about Norm Coleman or his wife. This is about Norm Coleman's political sugardaddy" – Al Franken

    Comedy could be useful in politics... especially when it is used to show how corrupt these idiots are. GO AWAY NORM!!

    November 12, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. Vet from Texas

    Do you really want Al Franken?
    I think he would be the one of the best things to happen for the republicans.

    November 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Paul

    Coleman is a typical Republican crook. He'll be joining Ted Stevens soon.

    November 12, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Vet from Texas

    Hey Al Franken will be alright. If he doesn't make it to congress, congress will get him back on the radio with the fairness doctrine. Which is the only way he could keep a radio show.

    November 12, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. Republican't

    I live in Denial, MN

    November 12, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. OurnextPresident

    Al Franken in the recount process that will happen I bet will end up the winner and those doing the recount will say oh we found a couple 100,000 votes not counted .

    Just watch and see its gonna happen.

    Coleman like the rest of the Necons GOP need to be thrown out of office after this recount is over and counted fairly Coleman should be the loser.

    November 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Jodi K

    You idiots whining about ACORN....

    DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Minnesota does not have the same registration laws as your hillbiily states down south. ACORN is a nonentity in MN because we can register THE SAME DAY WE VOTE!!! So there is no voter fraud in MN. People also CANNOT BE PURGED from voter rolls... why do you think we vote Democratic for president in every election? Cause the REPUGNINTCANS cannot STEAL the Minnesota vote!

    GO MN!! EVERY state should have registration laws like ours, then the republicans will not be able to steal ANY election EVER!

    and everyone needs to back off us voting for a former comedian, California has an action actor for a govenor and the republican hero was a 2nd rate actor who was in WESTERNS!!! HAHAHA!!

    November 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Renee

    Watching Campbell Brown right now, and she gets on my last nerve! I'm going to have to change the channel! It's not just what she says, but the way she moves her mouth, ratchets her whole jaw around to get her words out, and her nasal tone. Her nasal tone is at LEAST AS BAD OR WORSE than Sarah Palin's. I would comment somewhere else, but I am unaware of a place to do so. Just changed it! (The channel) Can't bear this woman!

    November 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Michael

    Is it my imagination, or is Coleman one of the most arrogant public servants ever?

    From his demands that Franken just give up on a (state-mandated) recount despite only a 200-vote difference to railing against "private parties" (um, that would be most Americans), it's almost as if he's daring the citizens of Minnesota to toss him out on his ear.

    November 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. Pat Pa.

    Let the investigation begin !!

    November 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. linda from South Dakota

    if u are guilty, ya serve the time,, as far as palin,, lol she wants to help obama?,, you gotta be kiddin,, no thanks,, sarah,, stay home ok? we dont need your kind of help,,,

    November 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Jeff from Jersey

    If all the guilty politicians stepped down there wouldn't be any.


    November 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. reggie

    Franken is not only a comedian, HE'S a JOKE. Hard to believe people in Minnesota would vote for him. Luckily, more voted for Sen Coleman.

    November 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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