http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/360726-stone-appeared-to-know-franken-allegation-was-coming

BY JOSH DELK

Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone appeared to know there were sexual misconduct allegations involving Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) hours before they became public.

Stone has been banned from Twitter, but at 1 a.m. on Thursday morning an account connected to him tweeted a quote from the Republican political operative.

"Roger Stone says it's Al Franken's 'time in the barrel'. Franken next in long list of Democrats to be accused of 'grabby' behavior," read the tweet from Enter the Stone Zone.

Roger Stone says it's Al Franken's "time in the barrel". Franken next in long list of Democrats to be accused of "grabby" behavior.

— Enter The Stone Zone (@stonezonetweets) November 16, 2017

Enter the Stone Zone is an account that claims to share "political commentary" from Stone.

Hours later, Leeann Tweeden, a KABC-AM news anchor, accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006. Tweeden said the incidents occurred during a USO tour to entertain troops abroad. She also tweeted a photograph of Franken as evidence.

The photo sparked outrage on social media, and Franken apologized for the incident and said he would cooperate with a Senate ethics investigation into the matter.

After Tweeden's account went public, Enter The Stone Zone tweeted again, sharing a Politico report about the allegations.

"As predicted by Roger Stone, It's now Senator Al Franken's time in the barrel," the tweet published at 11 a.m. read.

As predicted by Roger Stone, It's now Senator Al Franken's time in the barrel. pic.twitter.com/LI7EDnvKE9

— Stone Cold Truth (@StoneColdTruth) November 16, 2017

Stone was banned from Twitter in October after a number of profane tweets.

Enter The Stone Zone's parent website, stonecoldtruth.com, includes a page where supporters can donate to Stone's legal defense in his pending lawsuit against Twitter over his suspension. 

Reports of Franken's misconduct come as Congress is facing new scrutiny over how it handles sexual harassment. A bill introduced on Wednesday would overhaul policies to prevent and address sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.

News of Franken's misconduct also comes as Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including assault, from women who were teenagers at the time.