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

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators call for Barr to release full results of Epstein investigation FBI Agents Association calls on Congress to make 'domestic terrorism' a federal crime Senators renew request for domestic threats documents from FBI, DOJ after shootings MORE (R-Wis.) said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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 Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand: Rosy economic outlook not 'reflected in everyday, kitchen-table issues families are facing' Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Steve King to Gillibrand: Odds of me resigning same as yours of winning presidential nomination 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 WydenWyden blasts FEC Republicans for blocking probe into NRA over possible Russia donations Wyden calls for end to political ad targeting on Facebook, Google Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity MORE (D-Ore.) tweeted after the news conference, saying that if Trump will not resign, Congress should investigate the allegations.  

Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksEmbattled Juul seeks allies in Washington House Democrat knocks Trump's Cummings tweet: 'This guy is a terrible, terrible human being' Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch 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 FrankenNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again Al Franken urges Trump to give new speech after shootings: 'Try to make it sound like you're sincere, even if you're not' MORE (D-Minn.) announced last week they would be resigning amid accusations of sexual misconduct.