Senator John Thune knows ... the folks in Washington D.C. are not above the abuses we're now seeing in Hollywood.
Our fearless photog Colin got the South Dakota Republican strolling near the Capitol Wednesday -- a beautiful day we might add -- and it quickly became apparent, Harvey Weinstein news made it coast to coast.
The Senator acknowledges ... where there's power, there's abuse. It's happened in D.C. before with the infamous intern scandal, among other famous misdeeds.
That said ... watch the clip. Good job shooting, Colin.