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Ethics Office Under Pressure To Probe Trump's Alleged Sexual Misconduct

A federal ethics agency should investigate sexual-abuse allegations against President Trump, according to a pair of Democrats in the House of Representatives.

The Huffington Post reported that on Wednesday, Reps. Joe Crowley of New York and Jackie Speier of California sent a letter to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. The lawmakers asked the officials to look into 19 reports of harassment and assault. Trump continues to refute the charges, insisting that his accusers are lying.

“Credible claims of inappropriate conduct against the holder of the highest office in the nation have gone uninvestigated,” Crowley and Speier wrote. “Following the release of a video tape in October 2016 in which then-candidate Donald Trump admits ― and brags about ― making unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances toward women, numerous individuals came forward to share their own personal stories of their encounters.”

The representatives were referring to the notorious 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, which The Washington Post released one month before last year’s election. Trump could be heard in the recording admitting that he had kissed and groped women against their will.

The day before the House members issued their letter, 59 Democratic lawmakers signed a request for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to launch an inquiry of Trump’s alleged sexual misconduct. The politicians argued that the president should face the same scrutiny as Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers, Democrats who were forced to resign last week after women accused them of harassment. “We believe public officials must set the gold standard for professional behavior, particularly those who hold the high offices of representative, senator, and ― especially ― president of the United States,” Crowley and Speier wrote.

The top-ranking officials in the Republican-controlled Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, have indicated they are not interested in investigating Trump. An ethics office inquiry is an alternative to a congressional probe.

HuffPost reported that one of the women who says Trump groped her also is demanding an investigation. Melinda McGillivray cried during an NBC interview with Megyn Kelly on Tuesday, as she recalled her 2003 experience with the real-estate mogul at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida. “I feel a grab on my right side, so I quickly turn to look at what this is,” McGillivray said. “To my surprise it’s Donald. ... I’m stunned; just speechless. It made me feel very small; inferior. It made me feel like I was objectified. I was sick to my stomach. … I can’t believe a guy like him could make it into the highest office and be revered as this leader. I think that we got to have higher standards in this country and we need to hold these people very accountable.”

Trump fired back on Twitter: “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!”

Source: HuffPost
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