Democrats who want an investigation of accusations that President Donald Trump groped and harassed women forced deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to listen to a long list of graphic descriptions of conduct women say Trump undertook.
‘I’d like to ask you about sexual assault by the President of the United States of America,’ said Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illionis asked Rosenstein during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Three of Trump’s accusers have called for a congressional investigation, which appears highly unlikely in the Republican Congress.
That didn’t prevent lawmakers from asking Rosenstein whether the women could get the FBI to probe the president’s treatment of women – or from reading the accusations aloud during a televised hearing.
‘At least 16 women have come forward to say that the president of the United States felt them up, kissed them without permission, put his hands under their clothing without permission, groped them, touched their genitalia, walked into dressing rooms unannounced to see them naked, and made other unwanted sexual advances that every one are clear violations of the law,’ said Gutierrez.
Then, as a stone-faced Rosenstein looked on, the retiring Gutierrez read quotations from a sampling of Trump’s accusers.
Gutierrez quoted Kristen Anderson referencing how: ‘The person on their right who unbeknownst to me was Donald Trump, put their hand up my skirt. He then touched my vagina through my underwear.’
He also read from Jill Harth, who said, ‘He groped me, he absolutely groped me and he just slipped his hand there touching my private parts.’
Then he read from Cassandra Searles, who said ‘he continually groped my ass and invited me to his hotel room.’
‘These are very serious allegations of crimes committed by the president, are they not,’ he asked, without waiting for an answer.
President Trump and the White House have denied all the charges.
Then he brought up Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA pageant who says Trump ogled her in a pageant dressing room. She was among three accusers calling for Congress to look into the president’s alleged treatment of women.
He read back Trump’s quote to Howard Stern on his radio show that ‘I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner’ during pageants and that ‘the chicks will be almost naked.’