Franken Calls for Ethics Investigation Into Himself

'I don’t know what was in my head ... and it doesn’t matter. There's no excuse'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2017 2:48 PM CST
In this July 12, 2017 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Sen. Al Franken initially deflected, saying he was attempting to be funny, after being accused Thursday of groping Leeann Tweeden, a radio host who says the then-comedian grabbed her breasts during a flight home from a 2006 USO tour after forcing a kiss on her during a skit. USA Today reports Franken later issued a longer apology to "everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women." He added: “I don’t know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn’t matter. There's no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself." Franken says he's asking for an ethics investigation into his behavior and he "will gladly cooperate." Here's what else you need to know:

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