Two women who came forward with allegations that Minnesota Sen. Al Franken groped them, said his resignation announcement on the Senate floor Thursday didn’t fully address the specific accusations against him.
“People have asked me, ‘Do you feel relieved’ [now that he has resigned],” Leeann Tweeden said in an interview with “Nightline.” “I said, ‘No, I don’t know that I’ll ever feel good about it.'”
Eight women have spoken out publicly detailing different alleged incidents when the now Democratic lawmaker groped or tried to kiss them, including Tweeden and Lindsay Menz, a mother of three daughters.
“I definitely wanted more answers today,” Menz told “Nightline.” “I expected for him to come and share the truth, share what he had experienced, you know, give us some sort of resolve to the situation. And I don’t feel like there was a resolve to the situation today.”
Menz accused Franken of groping her while posing for a photo together at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. She is the only one of the eight accusers who claims an alleged incident occurred while Franken was serving as a senator.
“I felt like he was going to actually talk about the accusations against him,” Menz said. “I felt like he was going to share his point of view. I felt like he was going to either say, you know, ‘I did these things, and I’m sorry for doing these things. I shouldn’t have done them.’ Or, you know, fully renounce them, because he hasn’t fully renounced them.”
Franken announced Thursday he will resign from the United States Senate “in the coming weeks,” a day after several of his Democratic colleagues called for him to step down amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct against women.
“Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said on the Senate floor Thursday….