Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. Thirty-two Democratic senators called for him to resign, and he announced he will resign some time in the coming weeks.
In his speech, Franken criticized his accusers, leaving some observers to question whether his resignation speech was an apology:
Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently.
I said at the outset that the ethics committee was the right venue for these allegations to be heard and investigated and evaluated on their merits. That I was prepared to cooperate fully and that I was confident in the outcome.
You know an important part of the conversation we’ve been having last few months has been about how men abused their power and privilege to hurt women.
I am proud that during my time in the Senate I have used my power to be a champion of women and that I have earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside everyday. I know there’s been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks, but I know who I really am.
Serving in the United States Senate has been the great honor of my life. I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator — nothing — has brought dishonor on this institution, and I am confident that the ethics committee would agree.
Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.