MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch is striking back at top Republicans over her 2011 resignation after an affair with a staff member, accusing them of pledging to give her time to talk to her family and then promptly leaking word of the affair to media.

Koch confirmed her account, first reported by the Star Tribune on Sunday, that she believed she was the victim of a power grab by other Senate GOP leaders.

Koch, who did not seek re-election, tells the Associated Press she decided the time was finally right to tell her side of what happened during her downfall after more than a year of saying little.

Koch also confirms she's divorced. She refused to say whether she and ex-staffer Michael Brodkorb are still involved.

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