- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 7, 2017

An Army veteran who accused Sen. Al Franken of groping her breast during a 2003 photo op criticized the Minnesota Democrat’s resignation speech Thursday for calling out President Trump and Roy Moore while refusing to admit to his own behavior.

“I have to say that I am so sad and appalled at his lack of response and him owning up to what he did,” Stephanie Kemplin told MSNBC, according to a clip flagged by The Daily Caller.

Mr. Franken announced amid mounting accusations that he forcibly kissed or groped women that he is resigning from the Senate in the “coming weeks” after eight years in office.

During his speech on the Senate floor Thursday, Mr. Franken did not admit to any of the behavior described and declined apologize to the alleged victims. He also took parting shots at Mr. Trump and Mr. Moore for facing their own allegations of sexual misconduct while still receiving their party’s support.

Ms. Kemplin, who is one of eight women who have come forward to accuse Mr. Franken of sexual misconduct, said the senator needs to own up to his behavior.

“I feel that he just keeps passing the buck and making it out to be something that we took his behavior the wrong way, or we misconstrued something, or just flat-out lied about what happened to us,” she said.

“Justice to me would be him owning up to what he did and to stop trying to pass the buck to other individuals who possibly did commit the same things, possibly more heinous, than what he’s done,” she added.

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