Al Franken's actions can't be excused

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Murphy doggedly pressed him. However, Franken would not acknowledge that he groped women or grabbed their buttocks. "Franken and he pulls me into him and then he moves his hand to my butt", Menz, 33, told ABC News' chief national correspondent Tom Llamas.

The first woman's alleged incident reportedly took place on June 25, 2007, at an event in Minneapolis hosted by the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus.

"I can understand how some people would see it that way", Franken said.

"I can't say that it hasn't happened". So this has just caught me by surprise.

Sen. Al Franken attends the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., July 19, 2017. It seems unlikely that Franken can "make it up" to the hypothetical people he has "let down", but it's worth asking whether or not a series of public apologies and pseudo-apologies is enough in the wake of Me Too. "I've let the people down. I'm going to be held accountable and I'm going to try to be productive in the way I speak about this". "Every single day we've got people from the media, from Hollywood, from members of Congress that have allegations brought against them, and we think that this should go through due process", Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, dodging questions about "Access Hollywood" audio unearthed during the campaign in which a almost 60-year-old Trump could be heard bragging that being famous allows men to grope women.

"What I'm going to do is I'm going to start my job, go back to work, work as hard as I can for the people of Minnesota and I'm going to start that now", Franken vowed.

"I don't know of anything that's going to come forward, but I would not be. ya know, right now, I've been so shocked by all of this, that nothing is going to be surprising".

He told the Star Tribune of Minnesota on Sunday that he was "ashamed and embarrassed" by his actions but wouldn't resign.

"I don't like being in a split-screen with them".

"My recollection is different than hers". 'I am trying to handle this in a way that adds to an important conversation.

"Listen, I worry about the direction he's taking this country". This is going to affect Minnesota, this is going to affect all Americans. "And I'm going to hopefully be a voice in this that is helpful ... What kills me about this is it gives people a reason to believe I don't respect women".

"I'd like the opportunity to earn back the trust that I need to regain".

During an appearance on ABC's "The View" the next day, Tweeden read a letter Franken sent to her that morning, apologizing and saying "there's no excuse" for his behavior in the photo. He said he spent the holiday break with his wife and the rest of his family, and when he goes back to work he will ask tough questions about proposed tax legislation that "would affect Minnesota and the rest of the country in a bad way".

"That reflects the work I've done in the senate".



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