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

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonAmbassador Gordon Sondland arrives on Capitol Hill for testimony in impeachment inquiry GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Sondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy MORE (R-Wis.) said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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 GillibrandSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick 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 WydenHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out US ban on China tech giant faces uncertainty a month out Hillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship MORE (D-Ore.) tweeted after the news conference, saying that if Trump will not resign, Congress should investigate the allegations.  

Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksHouse Democrat urges anti-Trump resistance within administration to come 'out of the shadows' Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington 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. 

Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' McConnell: Reparations aren't 'a good idea' This week: Democrats move funding bills as caps deal remains elusive MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) and Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenTake Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota Ninth woman accuses Al Franken of inappropriate contact Al Franken to host SiriusXM radio show MORE (D-Minn.) announced last week they would be resigning amid accusations of sexual misconduct.