Franken thought continued to call some of the allegations false and that he remembered them differently. I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator-nothing-has brought this honor on this institution, and I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree. Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken put his hand on her buttocks in 2010 while posing for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair.
Regardless of Tweeden's past career moves (which were her own choices made with her own agency), the fact remains that she did not want to kiss Franken and she definitely did not want him to take a picture with him groping her breasts.
Two women who remained anonymous allege that Franken touched their buttocks during events for his first campaign for Senate. "This decision is not about me".
Though the writing appeared to be on the wall, Franken's departure was not certain.
Franken tells a handful of Minnesota media outlets that he is "embarrassed and ashamed" amid allegations that he groped several women, but he looked forward to returning to work Monday and regaining voters' trust.
"It doesn't make me feel good but I would use that word", Tweeden added. Just on Wednesday, Time magazine named as its person of the year the "silence breakers" - women who have come forward on sexual harassment.
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Stephanie Kemplin, 41, accused the Minnesota lawmaker of groping her in December 2003 during a USO tour in Kuwait.
Leeann Tweeden posted this photo online that she says was taken while she was asleep on a flight back from a 2006 USO trip. She says she ducked to avoid his lips.
"That's not irony", she said.
A group of female Democratic senators, and some of their male colleagues, call upon Franken to resign.
"In the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", he said, taking shots at President Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who both withstood allegations of sexual assault. He'll be making an "announcement" on the Senate floor at 11:45 a.m. that many are suspecting may be his resignation.
"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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