First of all, I just wanna say that this whole thing has been embarrassing, and it's been difficult. What my intention was doesn't matter. What matters is that I am ashamed of that photo.
She didn't have any ability to consent. She had every right to feel violated by that photo. I have apologized to her, and I was very grateful that she accepted my apology. If you had said to me two weeks ago that a woman was going to say that I had made her uncomfortable and disrespected her in one of these ways, I would have said no.
This has been a shock to me. I'm committed to working as hard as I can here in the Senate for the people of Minnesota. The Ethics Committee will be looking into all of this, and I will work with them in every way I can. And then I know I have a long way to go in terms of regaining the trust of people that I've let down.