GOP senator: ‘Trump's problems were vetted during the campaign’

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' Overnight Energy: Democrats unveil draft climate bill | Plan aims for carbon neutrality by 2050 | GOP senators press IRS on electric vehicle tax credit Senate Republicans to meet Tuesday afternoon on witness question MORE (R-Wis.) said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE's "problems" regarding sexual misconduct accusations were an open matter during the 2016 presidential election, which he won regardless.

"Trump's problems were vetted during the campaign," Johson told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." 

"All these allegations were certainly understood during the campaign and the American people elected President Trump," he continued. 


Trump has been accused of sexual harassment or inappropriate groping or kissing by at least 16 women. 

In a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape made public by The Washington Post just weeks before Election Day, Trump can be heard bragging about kissing and groping women without their consent.

"When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything," Trump says on the recording.

Johnson went on to say that only allegations of misconduct against Trump that took place during his presidency should be investigated. 

"If it's something during his presidency, absolutely we have to provide oversight. Prior to that, the voters spoke."

Johnson's comments come as congressional Democrats have called for investigations into the accusations against Trump, with some going so far as to call for him to step down. 

"President Trump should resign. These allegations are credible, they are numerous,” Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIt's time for paid leave for all GOP-Biden feud looms over impeachment trial Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change MORE (D-N.Y.) told CNN on Monday. 

Three of the women who accused Trump of sexual harassment called on Congress in a Monday news conference to investigate their stories. 

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenTax season could bring more refund confusion Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Wyden asks NSA to investigate White House cybersecurity | Commerce withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon objects | Warren calls on Brazil to drop Greenwald charges Wyden vows push to force release of Khashoggi assessment MORE (D-Ore.) tweeted after the news conference, saying that if Trump will not resign, Congress should investigate the allegations.  

Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksOcasio-Cortez defends decision not to pay dues to House Democratic campaign arm Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash House Democrats urge financial regulators to defend against Iranian cyberattacks MORE (D-N.Y.) introduced a resolution on Tuesday that called on Congress to probe the sexual misconduct accusations against the president. 

The president has denied the allegations and the White House has maintained that its official position on the matter is that the accusers are lying. 

The renewed attention on the accusations against the president come as women across the country have come forward to accuse powerful men in various industries of sexual misdeeds. 

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