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Al Franken gives first interview since Senate resignation; won't rule out running for office again

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Former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) gives his first interview since resigning as senator in January. In the interview, Franken detailed just how much he misses being a senator, and didn't rule out running for office in the future. (Image source: WCCO-TV video screenshot)

Former Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken gave his first interview since his January resignation, according to WCCO-TV.

Franken, who resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women, said that some of the allegations were not true and noted that he would be prepared to cooperate with an ethics investigation.

In the interview with WCCO, Franken detailed just how much he misses being a senator, and didn't rule out running for office in the future.

Franken appeared alongside three Minnesota members of Congress at the dedication ceremony for the new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in central Minnesota.

Franken served as a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and helped spearhead the movement to obtain the $12 million in funding it took to revamp and rebuild the new high school.

During his speech at the dedication, Franken reaffirmed his dedication to those who live on the reservation.

“That means a lot to me. It was very moving for me. It was very gratifying. I put my heart in the job,” Franken said. “I miss the whole job. I loved that job, I loved the job as senator. ... It was very meaningful for me and bittersweet, I would like to still be there.”

According to WCCO, Franken was well-received at the event.

When WCCO's Esme Murphy later asked Franken if he planned to run for office again, the former senator answered, "Well, see, if I say anything there you will put it in the story. I don't know. I haven't ruled it out, and I haven't ruled it in."

You can watch a video report of Franken's interview below.

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