Three women who claim US President Donald Trump sexually harassed them have urged the US Congress to investigate the misconduct allegations against Trump, amid the snowballing harassment allegations convulsing the country.
Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds and Samantha Holvey, who first came forward with claims of harassment during last year’s presidential race, made the appeal on Monday at a forum in New York City.
Crooks, who claims Trump forcibly kissed her on the mouth after she introduced herself to him at Trump Tower in 2005, urged lawmakers to “put aside their party affiliations and investigate Mr. Trump’s history of sexual misconduct.”
“I want to believe that as Americans we can put aside our political inclinations and admit that some things in fact do transcend politics,” Crooks said alongside fellow accusers.
Leeds claims she was groped by Trump on a flight, while Holvey accuses Trump of behaving inappropriately when she was a contestant in his Miss USA pageant.
Leeds said the allegations that have emerged following the accusations against disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein was evidence that some sexual offenders were now being held accountable.
“But we are not holding our president accountable for what he is and who he is,” she told the forum.
Crooks voiced hope that “we will hold Mr. Trump to the same standard of Harvey Weinstein and the other men who were held accountable for their reprehensible behavior.”
The White House has repeatedly rejected the allegations by the three women, describing them as “false.”
“These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory,” a White House spokesperson said.
“The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.”
On Sunday, US Senator Bernie Sanders suggested Trump should consider stepping down over the allegations.
The remarks by Sanders, who was a candidate in last year’s presidential race, follow similar calls from a number of Democratic Senators, including Cory Booker and Jeff Merkley.
source: press tv