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RNC will keep Wynn money until outside investigation is complete

RNC will keep Wynn money until outside investigation is complete
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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Tuesday that the organization would only return donations from former RNC finance chair Steve Wynn, who has been accused of sexually harassing his employees, if investigations find him guilty of wrongdoing. 
 
The RNC has been largely silent since Friday's Wall Street Journal report about Wynn, a casino mogul. The RNC announced his departure from the top party finance spot one day after the report, which claims that Wynn had been harassing women and pressuring them into performing sexual acts for decades. 
 
When asked by Fox News whether the RNC was planning on returning donations from Wynn — who has given millions to the RNC and other GOP groups over the years — McDaniel said the party wants to wait for the process to unfold. Wynn played a key role in the RNC's record-breaking 2017 fundraising, and has given heavily to the RNC as well as other GOP party organizations and candidates over the years.
 
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The RNC was quick to call for Democrats to return money from Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein after the Hollywood producer was accused of a litany of instances of sexual misconduct. But McDaniel said Tuesday that, in Wynn's case, the RNC will instead wait until the investigations are complete before returning any money.
 
"The allegations in The Wall Street Journal were deeply troubling. They were so troubling that within 24 hours, Steve was no longer our finance chair. But Steve has denied these allegations; unlike Harvey Weinstein and Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMinnesota GOP Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in Facebook post Former campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Prosecutor drops some charges against Harvey Weinstein MORE and others, Steve has denied them," she said, referencing the former Democratic senator from Minnesota.  
 
"There is an investigation that's going to take place. He should be allowed due process, and if he is found guilty of any wrongdoing, we'll absolutely return 100 percent of that money. But we're going to let due process take place."
 
Weinstein, who had also been accused of numerous instances of sexual abuse and harassment, denied "any allegations of nonconsensual sex" in a statement days after those allegations surfaced. He initially apologized for "the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past.”
 
Franken, who has been accused of groping women without their consent, denied parts of those allegations while saying that he remembered other events differently than his accusers did. 
 
The board at Wynn's company, Wynn Resorts, is investigating the claims raised by the Journal report. 
 
Various Republican groups and candidates have decided to return money donated by Wynn as political pressure mounted, including the Republican Governors Association as well as Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanElection Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms How Kavanaugh got the votes  Collins to support Kavanaugh, securing enough votes for confirmation MORE (R-Ohio) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerObama to speak at campaign rally for Nevada Dems Poll shows Heller with 7-point lead in Nevada The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump travels to hurricane-ravaged Florida, Georgia MORE (R-Nev.) and House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Paul Ryan to campaign for 25 vulnerable House Republicans GOP super PAC pushes back on report it skipped ad buys for California's Rohrabacher, Walters MORE (R-Wis.).
 
And Democrats have harshly criticized the RNC and Republicans who haven't yet returned donations from Wynn, noting the ferocity with which Republicans called for Democrats to return donations from Weinstein and Franken. 
 
This story was updated at 10:51 a.m.