Insiders: Trump Furious as Calls to Investigate POTUS Sexual Harassment Claims Reach Fever Pitch
Nikki Haley And Others Rile Donald Trump, Resolution To Investigate Is Introduced
As the #metoo movement continues to gain strength, reports are emerging that Republican Donald Trump is starting to get more and more angry about his own alleged past. Even those in his own administration are starting to suggest the allegations against him should be heard out. And a new resolution has been issued today to a House committee calling for an investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct.
Over the weekend, Trump’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley stated his accusers should at least “be heard”, departing from the official White House position that the president’s accusers are all liars. Haley told CBS News:
When asked what she thinks of the “cultural shift” taking place in the U.S., Haley said she is “incredibly proud of the women who have come forward.”
“I’m proud of their strength. I’m proud of their courage,”…
“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,” she added.
The Associated Press reported today that Donald Trump was furious at Haley over the comments. He also reiterated he thinks he is innocent to whoever would listen. According to AP:
Haley’s comments infuriated the president, according to two people who are familiar with his views but who spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. Trump has grown increasingly angry in recent days that the accusations against him have resurfaced, telling associates that the charges are false and drawing parallels to the accusations facing Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Calls for his resignation have grown, particularly with Senate Democrats. At least five Senators have asked Trump to step down recently. The president unleashed his fury at the only female of those five this morning in a clearly sexist tweet aimed at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
The heat was turned up on Trump further today as Representative Gregory Meeks introduced a resolution calling for an investigation into the allegations against the president. The resolution was directed to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and notes “the recent ”Me Too” movement has empowered women who have been the victims of sexual misconduct” to come forward and tell their stories.
That committee is chaired by Republican Trey Gowdy, who also chaired the Select Committee on Benghazi. That investigation cost taxpayers millions of dollars and turned up nothing. We’ll see if Gowdy wants to investigate the claims against Donald Trump with the same vigor.
Co-chairing that committee is Democrat Elijah Cummings, who clearly wants an investigation to move forward. He issued a statement today calling on Gowdy to “launch an investigation immediately” into the matter. This puts the ball clearly in Gowdy’s court to act on the many accusations.
It’s difficult to say whether Republicans will ever act on the accusations against Donald Trump. But they aren’t going away. And the more this boils up, the more the president will likely lash out recklessly at his detractors. Buckle up, everyone.
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