Franken to stay on in Senate, says he’s ‘sorry’ about groping allegations
Posted: 1:47 pm Monday, November 27th, 2017
By Staff Writer
Back on Capitol Hill for the first time since facing accusations of sexual misconduct towards women, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) told reporters he has ‘let a lot of people down,’ as he pledged to regain their trust, indicating he has no plans to resign his seat in the U.S. Senate.
“I know that I have let a lot of people down, the people of Minnesota, my colleagues, my staff,” Franken said to a group of reporters waiting outside of his U.S. Senate office, eleven days after being accused of inappropriate behavior by a woman who was on a USO tour with him in late 2006.
“I just want to again say, I am sorry,” Franken said. “I am going to try to learn from my mistakes.”
"I'm going to try to learn from my mistakes," said Sen Franken, and that he's doing a lot of reflecting. "I am embarrassed, I feel ashamed."
Asked if he agreed with women who accused him of groping them during photographs while he was in the Senate, Franken said he did not, as three women have said he grabbed their butts.
“I am embarrassed, I feel ashamed,” Franken said. “What I’m going to do is start my job – I’m going to go back to work.”
“This has been a shock, and it’s been extremely humbling,” the Minnesota Democrat added.
Franken: "This is what I've been trying to do. I've been trying to take responsibility. I've apologized, and by apologizing to the people I've let down, I'm going to work to regain their trust. I am going to be accountable." https://t.co/jr4e9Q6osmpic.twitter.com/R8COAcbZXr