Strength in numbers

More than 100 Democrats call for Congressional investigation of Trump over sexual misconduct claims

U.S. Representative Lois Frankel of Florida, chair of the Democratic Women's Working Group. (ABC News / Twitter)

Pressure on Congress to launch an investigation of sexual misconduct accusations made against President Donald Trump escalated on Tuesday as more than 100 Democrats formally called for the House to open a probe. Led by U.S. Representative Lois Frankel of Florida, chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, nearly 59 women signed a letter urging an investigation to be opened. At a press conference on Tuesday, Frankel said dozens of men also signed the letter, bringing the total to more than 100 Democrats.

“The #MeToo movement has arrived, and sexual abuse will not be tolerated, whether it’s by a Hollywood producer, chef of a restaurant, member of Congress, or the president of the United States,” Frankel said. “No man or woman is above the law,” she added.

“For too long, accountability has not been the priority, and bad behavior has gone unchecked. For too long we have accepted cop outs like ‘locker room talk.’ For too long, courageous voices have fallen upon deaf ears, and now that time is over,” said U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence, a Democrat from Michigan. “I’m sorry, Mr. President, you do not live under a different set of rules.”

The press conference came hours after Trump lashed out U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York in response to her calling for him to resign from office. Democrats slammed Trump saying the attack was sexist and crude. Also on Tuesday, Trump had dismissed accusations of sexual misconduct made by several women as “fake news.”

Watch a highlight of Frankel’s remarks below.

Read the full story at The Washington Examiner.

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