With the congressional elections just months away, a Republican lawmaker is expected to retire after a sexual harassment scandal involving an aide that rocked the Capitol in 2018.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was the first member of Congress to resign from office.
The allegations against Franken came to light during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday.
Franken said he did not recall the incident, which occurred when he was in his late 30s and asked an aide to bring him an ice cream.
In a statement, Franken said: I regret the way I treated others during my time in the Senate.
I want to assure the American people that I have apologized to everyone who was affected by my actions and that I will do everything I can to ensure that this does not happen again.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is expected in the Capitol this week for a closed-door session on sexual harassment.
Chaffetz is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he is one of the top investigators into sexual harassment and misconduct in the House.
In addition to Chaffetz, Democrats on the House Ethics Committee are expected to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D).