Al Franken accusers respond to his resignation announcement


The senator said he would fully cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called for following the allegations. "But I know who I really am". Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken put his hand on her buttocks in 2010 while posing for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair.

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-MN-4) on Thursday said the resignation of U.S. Senl Al Franken (DFL-MN) was regretful.

"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.

"All our almost identical experiences show that this was not a onetime failure of judgment on Senator Franken's part, it was a clear pattern of behavior".

"I'm saying that he calls himself a champion of women, but he does these things that says to the women, 'you have no ownership over your own body.' That 'your comfort does not matter.' That 'I can touch you and I can do whatever I want to you and it doesn't matter, '" she said.

"It doesn't make me feel good but I would use that word", Tweeden added.

Stephanie Kemplin, who alleges that Franken groped her during his USO tour to Kuwait in 2003 while she was serving in the Army, said his words rang hollow. She said she turned her head and he kissed her on the cheek. She said she felt sorry Franken had to resign.

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A prominent liberal journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and Newsday accused Minnesota Sen.

In addition to Dupuy, six other women have accused Franken of sexual misconduct after radio host Leeann Tweeden published a photo last month of Franken grabbing her breast during a two week USO Tour in 2006.

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

Dupuy authored the first-person account, "I Believe Franken's Accusers Because He Groped Me, Too", in The Atlantic on Wednesday, the day before Franken announced on the Senate floor that he would resign in the "coming weeks".

Watch his resignation announcement below, via PBS News Hour.

He insists that some of the allegations against him "are simply not true", while he recalls other situations that have come to light in recent weeks "quite differently".