Franken Won't Say If Groping Allegations Are Grounds For Resignation

30 November, 2017, 14:22 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • An “Embarrassed and Ashamed” Al Franken Is Returning to Work

"To all of you, I just want to again say I'm sorry".

"I know there are no magic words that I can say to regain your trust and I know that's going to take time", he continued. I have a long way back to win back the trust of the people of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Democrat is refusing to resign his seat and said he can not "speculate" as to whether other women will come forward with new allegations against him.

Franken went back to his talking points, "I understand that".

"I've not worked with the ethics committee before, and I don't know how that works, but I'm certainly open to it", he said in response to a question. "I am going to be accountable".

"This has been a shock, and extremely humbling", he told a gaggle of media gathered at his presser.

"I'm going back to work tomorrow, and I'll see what it's like".

Franken's statement comes amid a series of groping allegations against him.

Franken still disputes Leeann Tweeden's account of a forced kiss, calling it a "normal rehearsal" for a skit the two were performing.

"I said that I recall that differently from Leeann, but I feel that you have to respect women's experience", he said. I apologize. I feel awful for letting so many people down.

Asked on Monday what the bar for resignation should be for a sitting member of Congress, Franken declined to say. The other said he cupped her backside with his hand in 2008 and suggested that they go to the bathroom together at a Democratic fundraiser in Minneapolis.

On Sunday, Franken expressed embarrassment over the allegations. "I've let a lot of people down and I'm hoping I can make it up to them and gradually regain their trust", Franken said Monday. In reference to accusations that he inappropriately touched women at public events, he said he needs to be "much more careful, much more sensitive" in the future.

A few days after Tweeden released the photo, another woman, Lindsay Menz, publicly alleged that Franken pulled her in closely and squeezed her buttocks while they posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. "What matters is that I am chained to that photo", Franken said.

Franken issued a statement to the site, saying, "It's hard to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don't remember those campaign events".

"I think it's very unclear as to whether or not it will be enough", University of Minnesota political analyst Kathryn Pearson said.

"Democrats and Republicans are divided over this, but this is going to affect Franken's ability to be effective, at least in the short term", Pearson said.

"I hug people, and in some of these encounters, the pictures or meetings, some women - and any is too many - have felt that I have crossed a line, and I am terribly sorry about that", he said.

Franken has said that he does not remember the specific incidents pointed to in the three incidents which involve photo opportunities at public events.



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