Within an hour of Tweeden’s allegations being published, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—who waited five full days to drop the murky “if true” qualifier when addressing the allegations against Moore—demanded a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into Franken’s behavior, saying in a statement:

As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter. I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this. Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else.

The allegations against Franken came as a surprise to many who view the Minnesota senator as progressive ally. Just one month ago, Franken forcefully spoke out in support of the women accusing Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of assault and rape.

“It takes a lot of courage to come forward,” Franken at the time. “And we owe them our thanks.”