Al Franken "Embarrassed" After Misconduct Claims, Promises to "Be Accountable"

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During an impromptu news conference Monday, the senator would not speculate about the grounds for resignation.

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken gave an impromptu news conference Monday to discuss the allegations of inappropriate touching lodged against him and said the experience has been shocking and humbling.

"I am embarrassed," he said. "I feel ashamed."

Discussing his response to the allegations, Franken said: "I've been trying to take responsibility by apologizing, and by apologizing to the people I've let down. And I'm going to work to regain their trust. I'm going to be accountable."

However, the former Saturday Night Live writer and castmember would not speculate about the possibility of resigning his seat and would not discuss what it would take for him to be forced to step down. CNN's Wolf Blitzer summed up Franken's comments by saying that he "is clearly not resigning at all."

Franken will face an ethics investigation into his past conduct, which includes allegations of inappropriate touching and nonconsensual kissing. On Monday, Franken said he's open to the possibility of the results of that investigation being made public.

Addressing the growing national conversation about sexual harassment and misconduct, he said, "I want to be someone who adds something to this conversation. I hope I can do that."

Franken returned to the Senate on Monday, which he said is an important part of his redemption process.