A top conservative leader is calling on Congress to investigate President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE for sexual misconduct.
Bob Vander Plaats, the president and CEO of conservative group The Family Leader, said the multiple women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct “need to be heard.”
"A lot of these ladies came forth in the election, and for whatever reason, the American people said 'we're going to give the presidency to Donald Trump,’ ” Vander Plaats said in an interview on Iowa Public Radio. “That doesn't mean their issue went away because he became president."
"I think if these ladies need to be heard on this — and I think they probably should be heard, then let's let the facts play out,” he continued. “I don't think it should be really dismissed.”
Vander Plaats also told IPR that he supports a Congressional investigation into the accusations against Trump.
The conservative leader endorsed Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe CDC's Title 42 order fuels racism and undermines public health Ocasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema MORE (R-Texas) in the 2016 presidential race.
Vander Plaats’s comments come after three women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct united for a joint news conference Monday, calling on Congress to investigate the allegations against him.
"If they were willing to investigate Sen. [Al] Franken [D-Minn.], it’s only fair that they do the same for Trump,” Rachel Crooks, one of the president’s accusers, said at the press conference. Crooks alleged Trump forcibly kissed her 12 years ago at Trump Tower, where she worked as a receptionist.
On Tuesday, the day after the press conference, Trump took to Twitter to claim he didn’t know the women and blast their “false accusations.”
“Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia - so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met,” Trump tweeted. “FAKE NEWS!”
At least 16 women during the 2016 presidential campaign accused Trump of sexually harassing or assaulting them.
Trump has denied all of the allegations, and the White House has said its official position on the accusations is that all the women are lying.