Heitkamp supports ethics investigation into Franken

Danny Woods
November 17, 2017

"To say I was sorry for writing a joke was to sell out my career, to sell out who I'd been my entire life", Franken said.

Tweeden said Franken wrote a skit that included a kiss between the two and said he insisted upon rehearsing it, which she, at first, resisted.

Tweeden said she assumed she could turn her head away or put her hand over Franken's mouth "to get more laughs from the crowd".

Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio show anchor said that he had forcibly kissed her and later groped her on a 2006 USO tour, and said that he would "gladly cooperate" with an Ethics Committee investigation into his actions.

Tweeden shared her story - accompanied with a photo of the alleged groping - on the website of KABC, a Los Angeles radio station where she works as a morning news anchor.

Tweeden said she found out later, from a CD of photographs taken of the tour, that Franken had groped her while she was sleeping on the plane ride from the Mideast to the United States.

McCaskill seems to be referencing Franken's initial statement on the sexual misconduct allegations in which he claimed the picture of him appearing to grope Tweeden "was clearly meant to be amusing".

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She added that she wasn't demanding an ethics investigation into Franken, like some top senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, called for. I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn't matter.

"But I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann", Franken wrote, according to the Associated Press.

She said she immediately recoiled and expressed her discomfort to Franken.

Tweeden is the daughter of a service member, and she says that she's passionate about the troops and their mission overseas. "It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate", he said.

An article in the March 1995 issue of "New York" magazine contained a fly-on-the-wall account of Franken in the "Saturday Night Live" offices, where he worked as a comedy writer and performer for 15 years. Other senators, including Democratic senators Kristen Gillibrand and Tammy Duckworth, spoke out about the incident and supported an ethics investigation into Sen. She also said he groped her while she was asleep, providing photographic evidence. Sen.

"I couldn't believe it. If there are other people who come out and say he's done this, I don't know". She recalled agreeing "so he would stop badgering me". "I hope the Democratic leader will join me on this".

"And the truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories".

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