Over the previous two years, greater than a dozen girls have accused Trump of creating undesirable sexual advances towards them years earlier than he entered politics.
Three of his accusers, Jessica Leeds, Rachel Crooks, and Samantha Holvey stated at a information convention on Monday that the accusations warranted new consideration given the broader dialogue of sexual harassment in US society.
Courageous New Movies, a nonprofit filmmaker, produced a video that includes 16 of Trump’s accusers and organised the information convention in New York on Monday. Within the movie, girls accused Trump of kissing them with out permission, grabbing their personal components, placing his hand up their skirts, or making different undesirable advances.
Congress ought to “put apart their get together affiliations and examine Mr. Trump’s historical past of sexual misconduct,” stated Crooks, a former receptionist for an actual property agency, who was flanked by Leeds and Holvey.
The ladies stated they don’t suppose Trump will resign over the allegations however that he must be held accountable.
Trump and White Home officers have denied the allegations, a few of which date again to the 1980s.
“These false claims, completely disputed most often by eyewitness accounts, have been addressed at size throughout final yr’s marketing campaign, and the American individuals voiced their judgement by delivering a decisive victory,” a White Home spokesperson stated in an announcement on Monday, questioning the ladies’s timing and political motives.
Trump, a Republican, faces authorized motion in a single associated case.
Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand instructed CNN that Trump ought to resign over the accusations.
Trump and White Home officers have denied the allegations
“These allegations are credible,” Gillibrand stated in an interview on Monday with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “They’re quite a few. I’ve heard these girls’s testimony, and plenty of of them are heartbreaking.”
Gillibrand not too long ago stated former President Invoice Clinton, a fellow Democrat, ought to have stepped down throughout the 1990s scandal that led the Home of Representatives to vote to question him. On Monday, she stated that if Trump doesn’t instantly resign, Congress “ought to have applicable investigations of his behaviour and maintain him accountable.”
Quite a lot of highly effective and high-profile males have been accused in current months of sexual misconduct, together with three members of Congress, Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein and former NBC information anchor Matt Lauer.
Reuters has not independently verified the accusations towards Trump, Weinstein, Lauer or the three congressmen.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations and one of the high-profile girls in Trump’s administration, stated on Sunday that any lady who has felt mistreated by a person has the suitable to talk up, even when she is accusing the president.
Democrat Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary panel, stated it was unlikely that the Republican-controlled Congress would act on the accusations, which have been identified earlier than the November 2016 presidential election.
“My hunch is it will get reviewed on the subsequent election,” Coons instructed CNN.
Sexual harassment accusations have additionally been made towards Republican candidate Roy Moore who’s working in a US Senate race this week in Alabama. Trump has backed Moore, a former decide, at the same time as congressional Republicans denounced the candidate and referred to as on him to tug out of the race.
The accusations towards Trump emerged throughout the 2016 presidential marketing campaign when a videotape surfaced of a 2005 dialog caught on an open microphone during which Trump spoke in vulgar phrases about making an attempt to have intercourse with girls.
Trump apologized for the remarks, however referred to as them personal “locker-room discuss” and stated he had not completed the issues he talked about.
(Further reporting by Katanga Johnson, Makini Brice, Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell in Washington; Writing by Susan Heavey and Lisa Lambert; Enhancing by Kieran Murray)
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