Trump criticizes Al Franken, but remains silent on Roy Moore

Posted November 19, 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly declined Thursday to say whether Trump believed Moore's accusers, even after the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, told The Associated Press that she had no reason to doubt their claims against him.

Senate President Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has already announced that the Senate Ethics Committee will investigate the charges against Franken.

Sanders said Trump believes Moore should step aside if the allegations are true, but she would not say what the president would take as proof.

"Is the President not being a hypocrite in tweeting about Al Franken and saying nothing about allegations about the Republican, Roy Moore?" she asked.

In yet another twist in the sexual abuse saga embroiling the U.S., former United States president George H.W. Bush is facing new allegations from a MI woman who said he touched her inappropriately while he was in office at an event in April 1992, CNN reported on Thursday. Trump wrote of a photo in which Franken appears to grab a woman's breast while she was asleep during a 2006 USO tour.

Moore, who is running to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has faced accusations over the past week that he pursued sexual and romantic relationships with teenage girls while he was in his 30s.

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Moore himself has issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell added, "If these allegations are true, he must step aside".

"I'll have further comment as we go down the road", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force Once last week when asked about Moore.

Multiple women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct in recent weeks, including one woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 and another who said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32. It's hard to say if the president will now face significantly more scrutiny over the sexual-impropriety allegations against him. But there's nothing amusing about sexual assault. "Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?.", Mr Trump tweeted.

"The American people, I think, spoke loud and clear when they elected this president", Sanders said.

Real Time host Bill Maher on Friday used his monologue to defend Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who earlier this week became the latest politician to be accused of sexual harassment.

In conversations in the West Wing on Wednesday, Trump expressed apprehension about being dragged into the topic of sexual assault or harassment if he weighs in.

"The people of Alabama are smart enough to make a decision for themselves", Short said.

More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual assault, and his comments captured in the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape during the campaign threatened to derail his presidential bid.