Al Franken Resigns from the Senate

10 December, 2017, 04:19 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
  • Franken accused of groping journalist at Media Matters party for Obama inauguration

"It wasn't an apology". It was very defiant. Tweeden also made public an image appearing to show Franken groping her breasts while she slept.

"I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments", Schumer said in a statement, "but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately". I'd told myself I was the only one.

On Thursday, exactly three weeks after Tweeden came forward, Franken announced his resignation, and offered his defense. "We were finally beginning to listen to women about the ways in which men's actions affected them. I was shocked. I was upset".

"I just hope they get somebody else that's better", another woman said. "Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently". Franken said he had a different recollection of the skit rehearsal, but said he welcomed a Senate ethics investigation into the allegation. John Phillips & his bud Roger Stone who coached Leeann for weeks to take Al down. Al Franken groped them, said his resignation announcement on the Senate floor Thursday didn't fully address the specific accusations against him. If he is innocent as he claims (he says some of the allegations were untrue and he remembers the rest differently than his accusers) and if he is as confident that the Ethics Committee would vindicate him as he says, he shouldn't be resigning. There's more I want to say, but the first and most important thing-and if it's the only thing you care to hear, that's fine - is: "I'm sorry", the senator said in a statement.

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"It doesn't make me feel good but I would use that word", Tweeden added. She is the only one of the eight accusers who claims an alleged incident occurred while Franken was serving as a senator.

Despite the backlash, Kemplin said she has no regrets. "And I don't feel like there was a resolve to the situation today". Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken put his hand on her buttocks in 2010 while posing for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair. "He wanted to talk about the pain he was going through, obviously, but not the pain he's inflicted".

Franken further argued that there is "irony" in his resignation as President Donald Trump sits in the Oval Office and Roy Moore runs for Senate in Alabama. Franken says in a statement: "It's hard to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don't remember those campaign events".

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