Al Franken told The New Yorker in an interview published Monday that he “absolutely” regrets resigning from the Senate in 2018 following harassment allegations.
Franken explained that in retrospect he would have appeared before the Senate Ethics Committee before stepping down.
Franken, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer, was pressured by a number of Democrats to step aside after several accusations emerged during the peak of the #MeToo era. However, seven current or former senators who demanded Franken’s resignation told The New Yorker that they had been wrong to do so.
“This was a rush to judgment that didn’t allow any of us to fully explore what this was about. I took the judgment of my peers rather than independently examining the circumstances,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) told the outlet. “In my heart, I’ve not felt right about it.”
Former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), who was retired at time, told The New Yorker, “It’s terrible what happened to him. It was unfair. It took the legs out from under him. He was a very fine senator.”
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