Franken Confronts Allegations: ‘It Won’t Happen Again’

Again? It won’t happen again? Is it enough for a rapist or murderer to admit their wrongs, and promise that they won’t do it again? Should they be sent home with a smack on the wrist and told to control themselves?

No, they shouldn’t, and neither should Senator Al Franken.

On Monday, he told the press that he will work hard to regain the people’s trust following the slew of sexual allegations against him, claiming that “this will not happen again going forward.”

“I know I’m going to have to be much more conscious in these circumstances, much more careful, much more sensitive, and that this will not happen again going forward,” Franken continued, “Again, it’s going to take a long time for me to regain people’s trust, but I hope that starting work today that I can start to do that.”

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Why would anyone trust him in the first place is what I am wondering…

Franken claims there may even be more women to come forward in the time to come. He said, “If you had asked me two weeks ago would any woman come forward with an allegation like this I would have said no, and so I cannot speculate. …What I’m going to do is I’m going to start my job and go back to work.”

He vowed to “completely cooperate” when it came to the authorities and investigation, and said that he was “open” to making any findings public. 

“I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and I want to be someone who adds something to this conversation, and I hope I can do that,” he added. 

The Hill reports: 

Franken is among several public officials to face allegations of sexual misconduct recently. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) on Sunday stepped aside as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

Top Democrats, including Franken, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have called on the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the allegations against Franken. 

The panel hasn’t publicly announced if it will, or has, started a probe. But if it goes forward, its punishment for Franken could range from sending a letter of admonition to recommending the full Senate reprimand, censure or even expel Franken.

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