Transcript for Congress returns to Capitol Hill to address misconduct allegations
Next here, congress returning from the Thanksgiving break, including senator Al Franken, apologizing to the women who have spoken out against him, saying he's ashamed. Will the apology be enough? ABC's Mary Bruce on the hill again tonight. Reporter: Back on capitol hill, Al Franken says he is embarrassed, ashamed and ready to get back to work. I know there are no magic words that I can say to regain your trust. Reporter: It's been 11 days since California radio host Leeann tweeden released this photo and accused Franken of forcibly kissing her. Other women have since come forward, saying Franken groped them while posing for photos. And Franken can't guarantee there aren't more accusations still to come. If you had asked me two weeks ago, would any woman come forward with an allegation like this, I would have said no. Reporter: Franken's fate is now likely in the hands of his own colleagues on the senate ethics committee. I cannot comment on any matter that might come before the ethics committee. Reporter: Not even that you're looking into it? Correct. I cannot comment at all. Reporter: It's that level of secrecy that has so many critics saying congress plays by a different set of years. Take Democrat John Conyers. Accused of sexually harassing former staffers. Con yerps denies it, but admits paying one a secret $27,000 settle. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi struggled Sunday to explain why Conyers isn't being held to her own zero tolerance policy. Just because someone is accused -- and was it one accusation, was it two? I think there has to be -- John Conyers is an icon in our country. Reporter: Pelosi later backtracked and Conyers is now stepping down from his leadership role on the house judiciary committee. And on the Republican side, many senators dreading the prospect that Alabama could soon elect Roy Moore. Eight women accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior, including sexual assault. Many while they were teenagers. In a new ad out today, Moore boasts of a scandal-free career. 40 years of honorable service. Roy Moore has been intensely scrutinized and not a hint of scandal. Mary Bruce with us from the hill tonight. And Mary, president trump is standing behind Roy Moore. Last week, he hinted he may go down to Alabama to campaign. But tonight, you're learning that's not going to happen? Reporter: David, the white house says the president is not planning a trip to Alabama. They say his schedule doesn't permit it.
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