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Franken breaks silence, says he's 'embarrassed and ashamed'

30 November 2017

"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 said. "For that, I am tremendously sorry", Franken said.

"Well, I think I'm a good questioner and the questions that I am asking don't go to my credibility".

A week-and-a-half after the first of four allegations of sexual misconduct against DFL Sen.

The first woman to come forward with allegations of impropriety against Franken was Tweeden, a female radio host. On Monday, he faced the Capitol Hill reporters he sees most often, saying, "I know that I've let a lot of people down". "I just recognize that I need to be more careful and a lot more sensitive in these situations". "This will not happen again". "I'm ready to start that process and it starts with going back to work today".

The accusations began on November 16, when Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden-who was with Franken in 2006 entertaining troops stationed overseas for a USO show-released a photograph that appeared to show Franken grabbing her breasts while she was asleep and wearing protective military gear.

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

Franken, who was elected to the Senate in 2008, had previously apologized to the accusers in written statements.

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A recent KSTP and SurveyUSA poll shows only 22 percent of Minnesotans want Franken to remain a senator while 33 percent want him to resign and 36 percent want to wait for the findings of the Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

In an exclusive on-camera interview Sunday with WCCO's Esme Murphy, Franken offered up blanket claims of contrition and embarrassment throughout, though the 66-year-old Democrat rhetorically tap-danced around specifics. "She. didn't have any ability to consent". Without saying he didn't do it, he nevertheless has countered every allegation except the one that carries indisputable proof - the infamous photo of him appearing to grab at Tweeden while she slept. "I have apologized to her, and I was very grateful that she accepted my apology".

Franken apologized to Tweeden after she made her allegations public 10 days ago and said that he remembered the incident differently.

Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken grabbed her buttocks in 2010 when they posed together for a picture at a Minnesota state fair, while he was a senator. The women spoke to Huffington Post on condition of anonymity.

"I am ashamed of that photo", Franken said.

Pearson says Franken is treading in risky political waters in which he could easily go under. Franken said that he did not remember taking the picture but added that he felt "badly" that Menz felt "disrespected".

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

Franken breaks silence, says he's 'embarrassed and ashamed'