DeVos: 'Yes,' Trump's comments in leaked audio describe sexual assault

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE’s Education secretary pick said she believes the president-elect’s leaked 2005 comments describe sexual assault.

During a more than three-hour confirmation hearing Tuesday evening, Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayTech executives increased political donations amid lobbying push Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Sunday shows preview: As delta variant spreads, US leaders raise concerns MORE (D-Wash.) asked Betsy DeVos if the behavior described in leaked video of "kissing and touching women and girls without their consent, happened in a school, would you consider it a sexual assault?”

“Yes,” DeVos responded.


The Washington Post released the now-infamous leaked 2005 video a month before the election. In it, Trump, who was was on a bus with former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush, describes how he would kiss and grope women without their consent.

"You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump says.

"Grab them by the p----,” he continues. "You can do anything."

"I was and remain very outraged by those comments, and that outrage grew following the release of that recording. Several women came forward to publicly accuse President-elect Trump of exactly the behavior he bragged about on that tape," Murray said during the confirmation hearing. "I take accusations of this type of behavior very seriously."

Murray noted that several sexual assault survivors were in attendance at the confirmation hearing.

"Can you promise them and me that you will not, as has been in the press, consider 'reining in the office for civil rights and the department’s work to protect students from campus sexual assault’?” Murray asked.

DeVos said that if confirmed, she would "be looking closely at how this has been regulated and handled with great sensitivity to those who are victims and also considering perpetrators as well."