Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) says that more than 100 House Democrats have now signed a letter calling for a House Oversight Committee investigation into President Trump's alleged sexual misconduct.
Frankel, the head of the Democratic Women's Working Group (DWWG), also told ABC News on Tuesday that the panel should launch such a probe if her political party retakes the House.
President Trump on Tuesday said that the Democrats are renewing their attacks over his alleged sexual misconduct as they cannot prove his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russia.
“Despite thousands of hours wasted and 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 or have never met,” he tweeted. “FAKE NEWS!”
Trump also singled out Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), criticizing her ties to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the right fighting against Trump,” he wrote.
“Very disloyal Bill & Crooked – USED!” Trump added, referencing his “Crooked” nickname for Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
Gillibrand and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Monday became the latest senators to call for Trump’s resignation over his alleged sexual misconduct.
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Jeff Merkeley (D-OR) have all previously demanded that Trump step down over the matter.
CNN on Monday reported that a group of 54 Democratic congresswomen is urging the House Oversight Committee to probe sexual misconduct claims against Trump.
The collective sent a letter that day to Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) requesting such an investigation.
“The American people deserve a full inquiry into the truth of these allegations,” the letter reads.
“Members of Congress have also come under scrutiny and investigation, with some resigning, for improper sexual conduct,” it adds.
“We cannot ignore the multitude of women that have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump.”
Monday’s letter was spearheaded by Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), the head of the Democratic Women’s Working Group (DWWG).
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday insisted that Trump rejects all accusations of inappropriate behavior against him.
“The president has denied any of these allegations,” she said. “And again, the American people knew this and voted for the president and we feel like we are ready to move forward.”
Huckabee Sanders was responding to a press conference in New York City earlier Monday involving three women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct.
The trio – Jessica Leeds, Rachel Crooks and Samantha Holvey – pressed Congress to investigate Trump’s past behavior.
At least 16 women accused Trump of a wide range of inappropriate behavior last year, spanning from lewd actions to sexual harassment and even assault.
Trump has unflinchingly denied the allegations, but they are receiving new attention as America grapples with sexual misconduct.
Scores of women accused powerful Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct last October, prompting a global reckoning over the issue.
Multiple men of power have since faced sexual misconduct allegations that have impacted entertainment, politics, the media and sports.