'I Can't Say I Haven't Done That'

Al Franken

The picture of Franken with his hands over Tweeden's breasts, as she slept on the flight back from Afghanistan, he called "inexcusable", adding, "that is what I am most ashamed for".

Franken, a former comedic actor, reiterated points he made in the weekend news interviews - that he is deeply apologetic for his actions and hopes to regain people's trust.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on November 27 said he "cannot speculate" on whether more women will accuse him of sexual misconduct. On Monday, he faced the Capitol Hill reporters he sees most often, saying, "I know that I've let a lot of people down". To date, Franken's office has said he will not resign and instead has issued controversial apologies to the women. "I've learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women - and I know that any number is too many".

The presser was textbook Crisis Management - Admit, Apologize with Feeling, Promise it Won't Happen Again, Get Back to Work - observed CNN commentator/USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page. Al Franken surfaced, Franken told MPR News he has felt shocked, embarrassed and ashamed but that he will not leave the Senate. "What I'm going to do is I'm going to start my job, I'm going to go back to work, I'm going to work as hard as I can for the people of Minnesota, and I'm going to start that right now".

But he disputed Tweeden's accusation that he forcibly kissed her, saying he didn't recall the moment that way.

Senator Franken is not up for re-election until 2020, more than two years away.

Franken faces a Senate ethics investigation, which he welcomed in the wake of Tweeden's allegation, though it's unclear when that review may begin.

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She claims she was left "disgusted and violated" when Franken aggressively kissed her during a rehearsal for a skit. "I'm just very, very sorry". Franken also disputed Tweeden's account that he kissed her without consent, but apologized nonetheless for how it made her feel.

Franken said in an interview with local CBS affiliate WCCO on Sunday that he couldn't remember if he had grabbed women's buttocks during photo ops at the Minnesota State Fair, as Lindsay Menz said he did in 2010, and that he wasn't sure whether there would be more groping allegations against him.

Two other women have since anonymously reported such incidents to the Huffington Post.

Franken said that he doesn't remember those instances, arguing that he takes "thousands" of photos with constituents. Two women told HuffPost last week that Franken groped them in 2007, at an event hosted by the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus in Minneapolis, and in 2008, at a Democratic fundraiser in Minneapolis, respectively.

"The things he's already admitted to I find to be outrageous and offensive - and I do think on that alone he should consider resigning", Rubio told WFOR-TV in Miami. In crowded chaotic situations, I can't say I haven't done that.

He said he didn't expect similar allegations would follow.

"I have not worked with the Ethics Committee before and I don't know how it works, but I'm certainly open to that", he said.

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