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Sen. Al Franken is Still Standing by Kathy Griffin

The Minnesota Senator isn’t backing down from his support for comedian Kathy Griffin after her highly controversial photo shoot.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) said he is still planning on appearing with Kathy Griffin in July but dodged on whether CNN made the correct decision by cutting ties with the comedian over her controversial photo shoot during an interview on CNBC.

CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Franken whether Griffin went too far by doing a photo shoot that depicted Griffin holding the severed head of President Trump.

“I condemned that immediately,” Franken said. “I called her. She’s a friend. I told her, ‘you can’t do that.'”

“She apologized,” the Minnesota senator added. “She made a very fulsome apology. She asked for forgiveness. She begged for forgiveness.”

Sorkin followed up by asking Franken if CNN made the correct decision in cutting ties with Griffin. Franken dodged the question, telling Sorkin he doesn’t make decisions for CNN, and that he believes in forgiveness.

Franken concluded by saying that he still plans on appearing with Griffin in July.