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Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's sexual misconduct allegations 'have been addressed'


Updated December 11, 2017 03:04 PM EST

Updated December 11, 2017 02:25 PM EST

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday said that Americans had weighed in on the sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump by voting him into office.

"The president has addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations," she said during a press conference.

"This took place long before the presidency," Huckabee Sanders added of the accusations against Trump. "Again, the American people knew about this and voted for the president."

"We feel like these allegations have been addressed through that process. The president has firsthand knowledge on what he did and didn't do."

At least three women who have previously accused Trump of sexual misconduct earlier on Monday called on Congress to investigate his past behavior.

Trump has repeatedly denied accusations of sexual misconduct after 16 women emerged during the heat of the 2016 presidential election.

Updated December 11, 2017 10:55 AM EST

At least three women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct urged Congress to investigate him over his past behavior.

"I want to believe that as Americans we can put aside our political inclinations and admit that some things do transcend politics," Rachel Crooks said during a press conference in New York City.

"Therefore I ask that Congress put aside their party affiliations and investigate Mr. Trump's past sexual misconduct," added Crooks, who alleges that Trump once forcibly kissed her on the cheeks and lips.

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"This isn't a partisan issue," Samantha Holvey said. "This is how women are treated everyday. If they were willing to investigate Sen. Franken, I think it's only fair they do the same for Mr. Trump."

"I have a new dream now," added Holvey, who said Trump once intruded upon her and other beauty pageant contestants. "That this man will be held accountable for his actions."

Jessica Leeds, who claims Trump put his hand up her skirt during an airplane flight, said she was "absolutely destroyed" by his election into the White House last year.

"He was not being held accountable," she said. "His staff made a big point of calling us all liars. People remember when they were assaulted."

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Monday's press conference was hosted by Brave New Films, a company that made a documentary last year sharing accounts of Trump's alleged sexual misconduct from 16 different women.

"Predators and harassers must be held accountable," Brave New Films President Robert Greenwald said Monday. "When the person who has been accused of this is the president, we can't look away. Trump should be investigated."

"In this 'me too' moment of reckoning, Trump does not get a pass," Greenwald added, referencing the social media phenomenon of women sharing their past experiences with sexual misconduct.

Leeds noted that she is unsurprised by Trump backing GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

"He doesn't have any moral compass," she said of Trump. "It's really horrifying. It's confusing because you would think that the good people of Alabama could see through this."

"But we've gotten so polarized with politics that they want to keep a Republican seat even though it's a pedophile," Leeds added, referencing some claims from women that Moore made sexual advances on them when they were underage teenagers.

Crooks added that congressional action seems like the only avenue to address the sexual misconduct claims against Trump.

"I think the investigation by Congress is the only thing we can ask for," she said.

The women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct on Monday will unite for the first time and share their accounts, according to Brave New Films.

Brave New Films on Sunday said in a statement that Trump’s accusers will urge Congress to investigate his past behavior during a press conference the following morning.

“The women will share their firsthand accounts of President Trump groping, fondling, forcibly kissing, humiliating and harassing women,” the statement said.

“Their disturbing allegations came to light before the post-Weinstein era of accountability for sexual misconduct and the rise of the #MeToo movement,” it added.

Brave New Films released a movie last month called “16 women and Donald Trump” which shared stories of the president’s alleged sexual misconduct from 16 women.

Trump has repeatedly denied the claims since they emerged in 2016, and the White House said in October that its official position is that the women are lying.

NBC News’s Megyn Kelly on Monday will interview three of Trump’s accusers -- Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks -- live on “Megyn Kelly TODAY.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Nikki Haley on Sunday said that women who make accusations of sexual misconduct deserve to be heard, including Trump’s.

“Well, I mean, you know, the same thing is women who accuse anyone should be heard,” she said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when asked about Trump’s accusers.

“They should be heard and they should be dealt with,” Haley continued. “And I think we heard from them prior to the election.”

“And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”

America is reckoning with sexual misconduct after scores of women in October accused famed Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of such behavior.

Multiple men of power have since had similar charges leveled against them in a phenomenon that has stretched across entertainment, politics, the media and sports.

These are the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.
The list includes over 50 women.
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