Allegations of sexual assault and misconduct have rocked both Hollywood and Washington D.C. over the last several months. Last week, Minnesota Senator Al Franken resigned and Rep. John Conyers announced his retirement. On Monday, three women asked Congress to open a new investigation. Their target is President Trump.
Rachael Crooks, Jessica Leeds, and Samantha Holvey are among a group of 16 women accusing the president of sexual misconduct. Most of their claims date back to when Donald Trump was just a private businessman. A period long before he became America’s 45th president.
At a press conference in New York, the women retold their stories in front of eager reporters. Crooks, now in her mid-30’s, alleges Trump kissed her when she was a 22-year old real-estate receptionist working in Trump Tower.
“I was shocked. Devastated. It happened so fast,” Crooks said to Megyn Kelly. “I wish I would have been courageous enough to be like ‘what’s going on,’ and ‘you need to stop.’…I felt horrible.”
Leeds’ story dates back even further, to 1977. She initially told her tale during the presidential campaign, accusing Trump of kissing and groping on an airplane. “Mr. Trump, he was bored and wanted some entertainment,” she said. Leeds also posited she saw Trump in New York City many years later, and he called her a “derogatory name.”
Holvey’s story is a bit more odd. She’s asserting that Trump looked at her inappropriately during a Miss USA pageant. “He lined us up, and I thought this was going to be like a meet and greet, like ‘hi, how are ya, nice to meet you,’ it was not,” said the former model. “He was just looking me over like I was a piece of meat, I was not a human being…”
Calls to Investigate
After rehashing their alleged experiences for the media, the women called on Congress to investigate. “I ask Congress to put aside their party affiliations and ask that they investigate Trump’s history of sexual misconduct,” said Crooks. “If they were willing to investigate Senator Franken, I think it’s only fair that they do the same for Trump.”
In response to the press conference, the White House issued a statement suggesting the allegations are politically motivated. In addition, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press she will be presenting “eyewitness accounts” to refute the accuser’s stories.