Lawmakers seek probe into Trump's sexual allegations
Washington: Over 50 Democratic women lawmakers have sought a thorough congressional probe into the sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump, saying a full inquiry into the accusations was "long overdue".
In a letter sent to Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reforms, the 54 women lawmakers who signed it noted that in the time of "Me Too", women across the US were coming forward with their own harrowing stories of sexual harassment and assault.
"Members of Congress have also come under scrutiny and investigation, with some resigning,
for improper sexual conduct," the letter said.
"We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against
Trump. With that said, the President should be allowed to present evidence in his own defence," it said.
President Trump lashed out at Democrats for targeting him with "false accusations and fabricated stories."
"Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent,
the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia - so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!," Trump tweeted.
The allegations of sexual misconduct against 71-year-old Trump have received renewed attention recently after several prominent men
in the worlds of politics, entertainment and media have been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape.
Over the past two years, about 16 women
have accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances against them prior to his assuming the presidency.
Three of the Trump's accusers at a news conference yesterday demanded that the US Congress investigate their allegations against the US President.
They detailed their accounts of being groped, fondled and forcibly kissed by the businessman-turned-politician.
Last year, Trump dismissed the allegations as "false".
He downplayed his remarks in a video that showed him making lewd remarks as nothing more than "locker room talk" at the second presidential debate and said he has never kissed or groped women without consent.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said yesterday the president had addressed the accusations directly and denied all of these allegations.
"This took place long before he was elected to be President. And the people of this country, at a decisive election, supported President Trump, and we feel like these allegations have been answered through that process," Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference.
As the President said himself, he thinks it's a good thing that women are coming forward, but he also feels strongly that a mere allegation shouldn't determine the course, she said.