"They don’t get a lot of visitors and it's tough for the — their mission is really tough — so I’m glad we could be here to visit.” Franken echoed her sentiments: "We go to show that we love and support our troops." It's believed that the groping incident was during a rehearsal for their show hours after they spoke with WPIX that Franken allegedly forcibly kissed Tweeden.
When she relented, Franken, "put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth." "Senator Franken, you wrote the script," Tweeden wrote. "I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann," Franken said."I want to have the same effect on them that Congresswoman Jackie Speier had on me," Tweeden wrote."I want them, and all the other victims of sexual assault, to be able to speak out immediately, and not keep their stories --and their anger-- locked up inside for years, or decades." Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell, a Republican from Kentucky, said the issue should be referred to the ethics committee.Al Franken groped her and kissed her without her consent in 2006 while she was on a USO Tour overseas.Leeann Tweeden is now a morning news anchor on Talk Radio 790 KABC in Los Angeles and posted her story in a lengthy post on the station's website.Leeann was still in battle gear, wearing her Kevlar vest and helmet, Franken in a red sweater.