Franken ‘Embarrassed And Ashamed’ By Sexual Harassment Allegations | NBC Nightly News

Franken ‘Embarrassed And Ashamed’ By Sexual Harassment Allegations | NBC Nightly News
    ACCUSATIONS HE GROPED WOMEN. SENATOR FRANKEN SAYS HE WONT
    SENATOR FRANKEN SAYS HE WONT
    RESIGN AND WILL BE BACK AT WORK TOMORROW.D WILL BE BACK AT WORK
    TOMORROW.
    KELLY ODONNELL HAS THE LATEST. >> Reporter: AFTER 10 DAYS OUT
    >> Reporter: AFTER 10 DAYS OUT OF SIGHT AND UNDER SCRUTINY.
    OF SIGHT AND UNDER SCRUTINY.
    >> I HAVE A LONG WAY BACK TO WIN BACK THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE OFN
    BACK THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA.
    MINNESOTA.
    >> Reporter: SENATOR AL FRANKEN
    >> Reporter: SENATOR AL FRANKEN
    SPEAKS OUT.
    SPEAKS OUT.
    >> IVE ESPECIALLY LET DOWN THE
    >> IVE ESPECIALLY LET DOWN THE
    PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN ME AS A
    PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN ME AS A
    CHAMPION FOR WOMEN. >> Reporter: FRANKEN HAS BEEN
    >> Reporter: FRANKEN HAS BEEN ACCUSED BY WOMEN OF UNWANTED
    ACCUSED BY WOMEN OF UNWANTED
    ADVANCES.
    ADVANCES.
    TODAY, HE SPOKE ONLY TO MINNESOTA TV AND LOCALO
    MINNESOTA TV AND LOCAL REPORTERS.
    REPORTERS.
    >> THIS HAS BEEN A SHOCK TO ME.
    >> THIS HAS BEEN A SHOCK TO ME.
    >> AL FRANKEN, FROM MINNESOTA. >> Reporter: FRANKENS STAROTA.
    >> Reporter: FRANKENS STAR WATTAGE AS A NATIONAL FIGURE IN
    WATTAGE AS A NATIONAL FIGURE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS GUILT
    THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS GUILT AFTER ACCUSATIONS.
    AFTER ACCUSATIONS. >> IN SOME OF THESE ENCOUNTERS
    >> IN SOME OF THESE ENCOUNTERS IVE CROSS ADELINE.
    IVE CROSS ADELINE.
    >> Reporter: BEFORE POLITICS HE
    >> Reporter: BEFORE POLITICS HE
    HAD A LONG CAREER IN COMEDY. FRANKEN ADDRESSED HIS BEHAVIOR
    FRANKEN ADDRESSED HIS BEHAVIOR IN THIS 2006 PHOTO WITH ACCUSER
    IN THIS 2006 PHOTO WITH ACCUSER
    LEEANN TWEEDEN, WHO SAYS HE
    LEEANN TWEEDEN, WHO SAYS HE
    FORCIBLY KISSED HER.
    FORCIBLY KISSED HER.
    >> I AM ASHAMED OF THAT PHOTO.
    >> I AM ASHAMED OF THAT PHOTO.
    >> Reporter: FRANKEN CLAIMS NO
    >> Reporter: FRANKEN CLAIMS NO
    MEMORY OF TOUCHING A WOMANS BACKSIDE WHILE TAKING A PHOTO IN
    BACKSIDE WHILE TAKING A PHOTO IN 2010.
    2010.
    >> I WOULD NEVER INTENTIONALLY DO THAT.LD NEVER INTENTIONALLY
    DO THAT. >> Reporter: FRANKEN SAYS HE
    >> Reporter: FRANKEN SAYS HE WILL NOT RESIGN.
    WILL NOT RESIGN. >> IM GOING BACK TO WORK
    >> IM GOING BACK TO WORK TOMORROW.
    TOMORROW.
    >> Reporter: BUT ANOTHER
    >> Reporter: BUT ANOTHER
    LAWMAKER WITH 52 YEARS ON CAPITOL HILL IS UNDER PRESSURE.
    CAPITOL HILL IS UNDER PRESSURE. >> JOHN CONYERS IS AN ICON IN
    >> JOHN CONYERS IS AN ICON IN OUR COUNTRY.
    OUR COUNTRY.
    >> Reporter: LEADER PELOSI SENT A SIGNAL.er: LEADER PELOSI SENT
    A SIGNAL. >> HE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING
    >> HE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT THE
    WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT THE SITUATION.
    SITUATION.
    >> Reporter: 88ION CONYERS IS GIVING UP HIS POWERFUL JUDICIARY
    GIVING UP HIS POWERFUL JUDICIARY COMMITTEE POST.
    COMMITTEE POST. WHILE AN ETHICS REVIEW LOOKS AT
    WHILE AN ETHICS REVIEW LOOKS AT A HARASSMENT ALLEGATION THAT LED
    A HARASSMENT ALLEGATION THAT LED TO A SETTLEMENT.
    TO A SETTLEMENT. CONYERS DENIES ANY WRONG DOING.
    CONYERS DENIES ANY WRONG DOING. ACROSS, A KETTLE IS WHISTLING
    ACROSS, A KETTLE IS WHISTLING WITH TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE
    WITH TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE ALABAMA SENATE RACE ROY MOORE
    ALABAMA SENATE RACE ROY MOORE ACCUSED BY SEVERAL WOMEN, SOME
    ACCUSED BY SEVERAL WOMEN, SOME TEENAGERS AT THE TIME OF
    TEENAGERS AT THE TIME OF IMPROPER SEXUAL ADVANCES.
    IMPROPER SEXUAL ADVANCES. >> ITS CLEAR TO ME THE BEST
    >> ITS CLEAR TO ME THE BEST THING ROY MOORE COULD DO FOR THE
    THING ROY MOORE COULD DO FOR THE COUNTRY IS MOVE ON.
    COUNTRY IS MOVE ON. >> Reporter: DEMOCRATIC DOUG
    >> Reporter: DEMOCRATIC DOUG JONES CAMPAIGNED WHILE PRESIDENT
    JONES CAMPAIGNED WHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP PUSHED FOR ROY MOORES
    TRUMP PUSHED FOR ROY MOORES VICTORY WITHOUT NAMING MOORE.
    VICTORY WITHOUT NAMING MOORE. CANT LET SCHUMER/PELOSI WIN
    CANT LET SCHUMER/PELOSI WIN THIS RACE.
    THIS RACE. WOULD BE BAD.
    WOULD BE BAD. >> Reporter: SOME HAVE URGED
    >> Reporter: SOME HAVE URGED PRESIDENT TRUMP TO PERSUADE ROY
    PRESIDENT TRUMP TO PERSUADE ROY MOORE TO LEAVE THE RACE AND HE
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