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Momentum Grows for Trump’s Impeachment

Close to 56 lawmakers have written a letter saying “We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump”
Donald Trump has called all his accusers liars.Donald Trump has called all his accusers liars.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on President Donald Trump Monday to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct, the latest of five lawmakers in the chamber to do so.

“President Trump should resign,” Gillibrand said during an interview on CNN. “These allegations are credible; they are numerous. I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking,” Politico reported.

The New York Democrat added that if Trump did not “immediately resign,” Congress “should have appropriate investigations of his behavior and hold him accountable.”

The remarks came on the heels of similar calls by Senators Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden and Cory Booker, all of whom urged the president to step down following the announced resignation of Sen. Al Franken over sexual harassment allegations.

“We have a president who acknowledged on tape that he assaulted women,” Sanders tweeted Thursday after Franken said in a speech on the senate floor that he would resign in the coming weeks. “I would hope that he pays attention to what's going on and think about resigning.”

Booker, who commented on the controversy over the weekend during an interview in Alabama, said on Monday he believed that the accusations against Trump were credible and more serious than those against Franken. Speaking to reporters in Newark, he drew a comparison between Trump and senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct and molestation by several women in Alabama.

“What has been credibly said about Donald Trump and what has been credibly said about Roy Moore is significantly worse, whether it’s preying on teenagers —a 14-year-old— or the more than a dozen women that have come forward with credible stories about the president of the United States, who on tape admitted to that very same behavior,” Booker said. “So if we now are doing the right thing in this country, and we’re having a comeuppance and we’re holding people accountable —if Al Franken just did the right thing and resigned, it is time for Donald Trump to resign as well.”

Franken, who was accused of groping by several women, took a parting shot at Trump during the address, lamenting the “irony” that he was leaving office “while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office.”

***Lawmakers Call for Probe

Meanwhile, nearly 60 Democratic female lawmakers are calling on the House Oversight Committee to open an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump, The Hill reported.

In a letter, 56 members of the Democratic Women's Working Group (DWWG) asked oversight chairman Trey Gowdy and ranking member Elijah Cummings to open an investigation into the matter after more than a dozen women have "publicly accused the president of sexual misconduct."

Their call comes at a time when women are coming forward with their "Me Too" accounts and shining a light on sexual misconduct. The accusations have led to a wave of resignations and ousters of prominent men who served in politics, the media, Hollywood, and other industries.

"We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump," the DWWG members wrote.

The female lawmakers said Trump's "own remarks appear to back up the allegations," referring to the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape that surfaced during the 2016 election in which he boasted about groping and kissing women without their consent.

"The president has boasted in public and in crude terms that he feels at liberty to perpetrate such conduct against women. Subsequently, Mr. Trump apologized and called it 'locker room talk.' He has since called all his accusers liars," they wrote, asking the oversight panel for a decision within 10 days.

Trump insisted Tuesday he’s the target of “false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met,” AP reported.

He lashed out on Twitter a day after three women who previously accused him of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today.”

Trump says Democrats “have been unable to show any collusion with Russia” and now are “moving on” to these allegations. He adds: “FAKE NEWS!”

 

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