Franken Calls for His Own Ethics Investigation Following Allegations of Sexual Assault

After his initial, three-sentence apology, Franken released a second statement calling for his own ethics investigation and affirming that women's voices need to be heard. (Image credit: Netroots Nation/Flickr)

Following radio show host Leeann Tweeden's accusations of sexual assault against Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Franken released a short statement apologizing for the incidents. But it is his subsequent, more lengthy statement that is receiving much attention, in particular the call for his own investigation.

According to the Hill, Franken received criticism for his initial apology, which many felt was not an apology at all:

"I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it."

But his second statement appeared more thoughtful, affirming that women's voiced need to be heard, and that he has let women down.

“The truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories,” Franken said. “They deserve to be heard, and believed. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter. I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them.”

Franken also called for the allegations to be investigated, saying,

I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate.