Trump sexual misconduct accusers to call for Congress probe
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Trump sexual misconduct accusers to call for Congress probe

Several women set to unite at a press conference to detail their allegations against the US president

Jessica Drake (R), who works for an adult film company, speaks beside attorney Gloria Allred (L) about allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump during a press conference in Los Angeles, California on October 22, 2016.  (AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON)
Jessica Drake (R), who works for an adult film company, speaks beside attorney Gloria Allred (L) about allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump during a press conference in Los Angeles, California on October 22, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON)

Several women who have accused US President Donald Trump of sexual assault and harassment were expected Monday to call on Congress to open an investigation.

A press conference by the women will be hosted by Brave New Films, a media company that recently produced a clip detailing sexual harassment or assault claims by 16 women against Trump.

A press release from Brave New Films on Sunday said the women would relate their accounts of Trump’s alleged “groping, fondling, forcibly kissing, humiliating, and harassing women.”

The White House has dismissed all of the accusations as lies.

During Trump’s presidential campaign, more than 10 women brought accusations against him, including some who claimed he had groped them without their consent. Trump has bragged about groping women.

On Sunday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told CBS News that “women who accuse anyone should be heard.”

“They should be heard and they should be dealt with, and I think we heard them prior to the election,” added Haley, a Republican. “I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers a speech during a United Nations Security Council meeting on December 8, 2017, in New York City (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP)

On Thursday, The Atlantic reported on 19 women who have made allegations against Trump and carried details of each accusation, along with the president’s defense.

Some stories date back to the 1980s, and others to his stint at the NBC series “The Apprentice,” which began in 2004.

While claims against Trump have been surfacing for decades, a rash of allegations have been made about many other public figures since the accounts of assault by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced in October.

Several powerful men have been forced to step down over such allegations, including, most recently, Democratic Senator Al Franken.

Senator Al Franken, D-MN, and his wife Franni Bryson (L) arrive at the US Capitol on December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC (AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN)

In his resignation speech last week, Franken took direct aim at Trump and at Alabama politician Moore, who received the president’s endorsement ahead of a special election next week despite accusations he molested underage girls when he was in his 30s.

“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact I am leaving while a man who bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” he said.

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