Al Franken of Minnesota's groping and unwanted advances of news anchor Leeann Tweeden sexual assault.
Earlier Thursday, Tweeden had said Franken groped her and kissed her without her consent in 2006 while they were on a USO tour overseas. He was the first member of Congress caught up in the recent wave of allegations of sexual abuse and inappropriate behavior.
Franken said he would cooperate with an ethics committee investigation following remarks from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, who called for one to begin.
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She also says that she found a photo after returning home from the tour that shows Franken with his hands over her breasts and smiling.
While Tweeden didn't see the photo until after the trip, she said that looking back on it now, she recognizes Franken's later actions during the USO trip as a "last laugh". She's angry with herself, too, she said, for not speaking out at the time "but I didn't want to rock the boat". She later added: "I think that's for the people of Minnesota to decide".
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McCaskill called Franken's actions "inappropriate conduct".
When asked if she thought Franken should step down, Tweeden said, "That's not why I came out with my story".
And then he alluded to a "Lesley Stahl tape", referring to a 1995 interview with New York Magazine in which Franken - then a writer for Saturday Night Live - discussed a purported skit that involved drugging and raping the CBS News reporter. Through a spokeswoman, he called the allegations of sexual misconduct against the former judge "very troubling" but stopped short of calling on Moore to drop out. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Kristen Gillibrand of NY and Patty Murray of Washington - condemned Franken's action Thursday, but stopped short of saying Franken sexually assaulted or even harassed Tweeden. He "put his hand on the back of my head, mashed..."
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