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Al Franken Regrets Resigning From Senate

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By    |   Monday, 22 July 2019 02:33 PM

Former Sen. Al Franken says he “absolutely” regrets his decision to resign in December 2017 over accusations of sexual misconduct, The New Yorker reported in an interview released on Monday.

The Minnesota senator quit just days after stories broke regarding the allegations and just as the #MeToo movement was gaining steam.

Franken told The New Yorker that “I can’t go anywhere without people reminding me of this, usually with some version of ‘You shouldn’t have resigned.’”

In addition, seven current and former senators who demanded his resignation told The New Yorker that they now regret their decision.

This includes Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who said his request that Franken resign without first getting all the facts was “one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made” in 45 years in the Senate.”

Heidi Heitkamp, the former North Dakota senator, said, “If there’s one decision I’ve made that I would take back, it’s the decision to call for his resignation. It was made in the heat of the moment, without concern for exactly what this was.”

Bill Nelson, the former Florida senator, made a similar admission, saying “I realized almost right away I’d made a mistake. I felt terrible. I should have stood up for due process to render what it’s supposed to - the truth.”

Franken, however, admitted that it is still difficult for him to garner much sympathy. “I don’t think people who have been sexually assaulted, and those kinds of things, want to hear from people who have been #MeToo’d that they’re victims,” he said.

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