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Franken says he doesn’t remember pictures, plans return to Senate – The Denver Post

By Alan Bjerga, The Washington Post

Minnesota Democrat Al Franken, his future in the U.S. Senate in doubt after allegations he groped women, told a home-state newspaper he’s “looking forward to getting back to work” and doesn’t remember incidents in which he’s accused of misconduct.

“I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” Franken told the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune newspaper in an interview published on Sunday. “I’ve let a lot of people down, and I’m hoping I can make it up to them and gradually regain their trust.”

Still, referring to photos in which women said the senator was groping them, “I don’t remember these photographs, I don’t,” he said. “This is not something I would intentionally do.”

The accusations engulfing the second-term lawmaker occur amid numerous allegations against prominent politicians and other public figures in recent weeks.

In Alabama, multiple women have accused Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of pursuing them decades ago, when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. On Sunday, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said he would step down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee during an ethics probe into allegations of past misconduct. Franken has agreed to a similar investigation. Franken, 66, hadn’t spoken about his alleged sexual harassment for more than a week, as four different women have accused him of groping, embarrassing, and, in one case, forcibly kissing them without consent.

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