Franken resignation the right thing to do

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"It wasn't an apology".

"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.

Tweeden also posted an image of Franken pretending to cup her covered breasts on a plane ride as she slept.

"I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments", Schumer said in a statement, "but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately". "Tweeden's story rang true to me". She claimed Franken groped her while she was sleeping aboard a military plane on her way home from a USO tour in 2006.

On Thursday, exactly three weeks after Tweeden came forward, Franken announced his resignation, and offered his defense. "I was shocked. I was upset". "You know, I think that's for the people of Minnesota to decide", she said on "Good Morning America" in November. "Others I remember very differently".

"At the very same time that we are asking Franken to resign from senate - we are allowing an accused child molester to run for senate. I shouldn't have done them.' Or, you know, fully renounce them, because he hasn't fully renounced them".

Al Franken's Thursday resignation found critics in some Democrats who weren't eager to surrender one of their more personable elected officials and, unsurprisingly, Rosie O'Donnell was one of the voices crying foul.

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He had previously said he was "embarrassed and ashamed" of his actions when responding to to Tweeden's accusation. The woman said she appeared on Franken's radio show Air America and after the interview, she tried to shake his hand but he took it and leaned in for a kiss.

"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. She is the only one of the eight accusers who claims an alleged incident occurred while Franken was serving as a senator. She said she turned her head and he kissed her on the cheek.

The "people like me" line is a reference to Franken's Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley, an awkward tv host who was known for stroking his own ego in a series called "Daily Affirmation".

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

"Like our president, like Roy Moore ... absolutely, they're in the wrong", she said. Franken says in a statement: "It's hard to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don't remember those campaign events".

Dupuy had a different take.