3 women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct speak out

3 women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct speak out

Trump's #MeToo moment is coming Monday — and the Republican Party may pay a serious price

Three women are doubling down on their claims of sexual misconduct by President Trump, telling their stories at a news conference and on "Megyn Kelly Today".

At least 16 women have come forward accusing Trump of sexual misconduct since he first launched his campaign for USA president, according to the organisers of Monday's press conference.

"I'm hoping that it creates more movement and that we get a change", Leeds said. The women appeal came on the eve of a closely fought special US Senate election in Alabama, where Roy Moore, the Republican nominee whom Trump endorsed, is facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, Moore has denied all the allegations and Trump has stood by Moore despite the accusations.

Addressing reporters, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president "has addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations".

"They should be heard, and they should be dealt with", Haley said when asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" about the allegations other women have made against Trump.

"These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year's campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory", the White House said in a statement Monday.

Holvey was joined by Jessica Leeds, who said Trump groped and kissed her during a flight in the 1970s, and Rachel Crooks, who accused Trump of repeatedly kissing her without her consent in 2005.

"Now it's like, all right, let's try round two, the environment is different", she said.

However, as many pointed out, this contradicts what the president recently said.

"Americans deserve to learn the truth about the Commander in Chief, which is why I'm leading @HouseDemWomen in calling for an investigation in Congress of the sexual misconduct allegations against @realDonaldTrump", she tweeted, linking to a CNN report that a group of 54 women were involved in the effort. "[Al] Franken [D-Minn.], it's only fair that they do the same for Trump", Crooks said at the press conference, which also included Holvey and Jessica Leeds.

Additionally, the organization stated that the "timing" of the claims inadvertently reveals the political motives behind them. The three reinvigorated their stories this week with an appearance on Megyn Kelly's NBC show - their first joint interview - and a subsequent news conference in Manhattan, in which they also called on Congress to investigate their claims. "And if I do, and if I'm in Congress, I promise you, I will make her or him be responsive to the people's House when they have legitimate requests for documents".

A year ago when Trump was the Republican nominee for president, Holvey told CNN that Trump entered the dressing room of the Miss USA pageant in 2006 to personally inspect each contestant "from head to toe like we were just meat, we were just sexual objects". Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who on Monday said Trump should resign over the allegations.

The second eyewitness is Katie Blair, the Miss Teen USA 2006 who told TMZ that she never saw Trump come backstage during a beauty contest.

"He called me the worst name ever", she told NBC.

"I just watched Senator Al Franken do the honourable thing and resign from his office".

She said that Mr Trump's inauguration in January was a "very sombre day" for her because she felt like America believed him rather than her.

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