A group of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexually inappropriate behavior on Monday demanded that Congress open an investigation. The women, Samantha Holvey, Rachel Crooks and Jessica Leeds, first came forward during the 2016 presidential election. Crooks and Leeds have accused Trump of unwanted kissing and groping. Holvey says Trump barged into a Miss USA dressing room while he was a part owner of the beauty pageant. More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual assault and several more have accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior. Trump has denied all such claims and the White House has said all women making allegations against the president are lying.
Holvey, Crooks and Leeds are sharing their stories again in the hope that under the banner of the #MeToo movement, they will have a greater impact. “Let’s try round two,” Holvey said on Monday, appearing on NBC’s Today show with Megyn Kelly. “The environment’s different, let’s try again.”
Hours later, at a press conference at the Lexington Hotel in New York, Holvey said lawmakers should extend the same scrutiny to Trump they did to Al Franken, the Minnesota senator who faced an ethics investigation before he resigned his seat over claims of groping and unwanted kissing.
“I think it’s only fair that [Trump] be investigated as well,” Holvey said.
“The investigation by Congress is probably the only thing we can ask for,” said Crooks.
One prominent Democrat, the New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, called on Trump to step down.
“President Trump should resign,” Gillibrand said on CNN. “These allegations are credible, they are numerous. I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking. Gillibrand, whose call for Franken to resign set that process in motion, said if Trump refused to “immediately” resign, Congress should investigate and “hold him accountable”.