Aide: Franken won't resign from Senate

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WASHINGTON -

A staff member for Al Franken says the Minnesota senator has no plans to step down.

Senators have called for an ethics investigation into Franken’s behavior after he was accused of groping and forcibly kissing Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden without her consent in 2006.

Meanwhile, Franken has written Tweeden, saying he is ashamed of his actions and apologizes.

Tweeden read the letter Friday while appearing on the TV talk show "The View." In the letter, Franken tells Tweeden that he wants to "apologize to you personally." He also says there is no excuse for the photo taken of him posing in a joking manner while apparently placing his hands on her chest while she was asleep aboard a transport plane.

Tweeden says the unwanted kissing took place during a 2006 USO tour. Franken says he remembers their encounter differently but is "ashamed that my actions ruined that experience for you."

AP wires were used in this report

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