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Al Franken Releases Statment After Sexual Misconduct Charges.

Senator Al Franken, who was accused of sexual misconduct by radio host Leeann Tweeden only a few hours ago, has released a statement regarding the accusations. In his statement, the senator from Minnesota has apologized saying:

“The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women. 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.”

“I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.”

“But I want to say something else, too. Over the last few months, all of us—including and especially men who respect women—have been forced to take a good, hard look at our own actions and think (perhaps, shamefully, for the first time) about how those actions have affected women.”

“For instance, that picture. I don’t know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn’t matter. There’s no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself. It isn’t funny. It’s completely inappropriate. It’s obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture. And, what’s more, I can see how millions of other women would feel violated by it—women who have had similar experiences in their own lives, women who fear to have those experiences, women who look up to me, women who have counted on me.”

“Coming from the world of comedy, I’ve told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were funny but later came to realize were just plain offensive. But the intentions behind my actions aren’t the point at all. It’s the impact these jokes had on others that matters. And I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to come to terms with that.”

“While I don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women’s experiences.”

“I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for an investigation of Al Franken’s actions by the Ethics Committee.

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2 comments on “Al Franken Releases Statment After Sexual Misconduct Charges.

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  2. Knowing LeeAnn’s relationship with Steve Bannon & others, I have a hard time believing that this was something that she objected to at the time. She has shown up at an awards ceremony for Sen Franken in spite of saying she did not want to be near him. She looked very relaxed at this event & also very happy to see Sen Franken. She also has posed for pictures wearing a t-shirt stating “Trump can grab this” with an arrow drawn toward her genitals. I think Bannon got her to make the accusations against Sen Franken because Sen Franken tries repeatedly to fight the MORON in chief’s idiotic nominations & proposals.

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