Trump: Sexual allegations ‘fabricated’
President Donald Trump is pushing back against sexual misconduct allegations, saying he’s the target of “false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met.”
Mr Trump lashed out on Twitter, a day after three women who previously accused Mr Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today.
Mr Trump says Democrats “have been unable to show any collusion with Russia” and now are “moving on” to these allegations. He adds: “FAKE NEWS!”Bethlehem peace light arrives in Germany
The women — Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks — urged Congress to investigate Mr Trump’s behaviour.
In a heated exchange with reporters in the White House briefing room on Monday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders steadfastly dismissed accusations against the Republican president and suggested the issue had already been litigated in Mr Trump’s favour on Election Day. But to M Trump’s accusers, the rising #MeToo movement is an occasion to ensure he is at last held accountable.
“It was heartbreaking last year. We’re private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show America who this man is and how he views women, and for them to say, ‘Eh, we don’t care,’ it hurt,” Samantha Holvey said Monday. The former beauty queen claimed that Mr Trump ogled her and other Miss USA pageant contestants in their dressing room in 2006.Powerful winds raise California fire risk
“Let’s try round two,” she said. “The environment’s different. Let’s try again.” Ms Holvey was one of four women to make her case against Mr Trump on Monday, both in an NBC interview and then in a news conference.
Rachel Crooks, a former Trump Tower receptionist who said the celebrity businessman kissed her on the mouth in 2006 without consent, called for Congress to “put aside party affiliations and investigate Trump’s history of sexual misconduct.” “If they were willing to investigate Sen. Franked, it’s only fair that they do the same for Trump,” Ms Crooks said.
Mr Franken, the Democratic senator from Minnesota, announced last week that he would resign amid an ethics probe into accusations that he sexually harassed several women. Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Trent Franks, R-Ariz., also resigned after misconduct accusations.Trump allies say emails unlawfully gained
But a Capitol Hill investigation into Mr Trump’s conduct appears unlikely. The Senate and House Ethics Committees investigate members of Congress, not presidents, and Republican-led committees are not apt to investigate Mr Trump on sexual misconduct unless there is some sort of connection to the ongoing Russia probe.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Congress shouldn’t investigate the allegations against Mr Trump.
“I don’t think there’s any forum for us to do that,” he said. “Just think about how that could be abused.” Nonetheless, several Democratic senators have seized the moment and called for Mr Trump to step down.Exiled king's remains reburied in Italy
“President Trump should resign,” New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told CNN on Monday. “These allegations are credible; they are numerous. I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking.”
If he does not “immediately resign,” she said, Congress “should have appropriate investigations of his behaviour and hold him accountable.”
In response, Mr Trump tweeted that Sen. Gillibrand was a “lightweight”.Trump 'not considering' firing Mueller
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley have also called on Mr Trump to resign.