There is growing pressure for an investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against US President Donald Trump, with three of his alleged victims appearing on US television this morning and several senators calling for his resignation.
The renewed interest comes after Democratic Senator for Minnesota Al Franken resigned on Thursday after eight women publicly accused him of sexual assault, The Hill reports.
In his final speech to the senate, Franken professed his innocence – that he remembers the incidents differently – and said it’s “ironic” he is leaving while “Trump, a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and another man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party” – the latter example referring to Republican candidate for the senate seat of Alabama, Roy Moore.
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Trump endorsed Moore at a Florida rally on Friday night despite several woman accusing the candidate of sexual misconduct, including one woman who says she was 14 when the abuse took place, Politico reports.
All this hypocrisy led to three women – Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks – appearing on several morning television programs as well as a live press conference, recounting their alleged experiences of sexual harassment at the hands of Trump and calling for an investigation into his behaviour.