Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

'It wasn't an apology': Franken accuser hits senator's 'defiant,' 'inappropriate' resignation speech

Tina Dupuy Tina Dupuy
Delores Daniels | 10 December, 2017, 04:19

Though Franken apologized - Tweeden said she has received three apologies from the senator - as well as acknowledged some wrongdoing and called for an ethics investigation to be initiated, he resisted early calls for his resignation, even after additional accusations of misconduct surfaced. "It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like 'Wait, what is happening?' But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked".

Dupuy told CNN's Alisyn Camerota that Franken's speech and the venue where he delivered it were inappropriate.

"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party", he said. A tweet posted Wednesday evening on Franken's Twitter account said: "Senator Franken is talking with his family at this time and plans to make an announcement in D.C. tomorrow. 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.

Though the writing appeared to be on the wall, Franken's departure was not certain.

Menz accused Franken of groping her while posing for a photo together at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

Since Kemplin accused Franken last week, three more women have made additional allegations.

A fifth woman comes forward with an allegation. 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. She said she turned her head and he kissed her on the cheek. According to Politico, the woman, a former Democratic congressional aide, said Franken tried to kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006.

A group of female Democratic senators, and some of their male colleagues, call upon Franken to resign.

"Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", Franken said on the Senate floor Thursday.

"I know that I am going to have to be much more conscious when in these circumstances", he went on, "much more careful, much more sensitive, and that this will not happen again".

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