Graham on E. Jean Carroll rape allegation: Trump 'denied it, and that's all I needed to hear'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday weighed in on E. Jean Carroll's allegation that President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE raped her, saying Trump “denied it, and that’s all I needed to hear.”

“The president has denied it,” Graham said, according to multiple reports. “I have no reason to … you know, no. He’s denied it, and that’s all I needed to hear.”

“That’s the end of it for me unless she shows something new,” Graham added.

Graham’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) slammed Graham for his remarks, tweeting, “Imagine if all accused criminals were held to the same standard of evidence to which Senator Graham, the Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, holds Republican presidents.”

Trump said Monday that Carroll was “totally lying” when she accused him last week of raping her in a New York department store in the mid-1990s.


In an exclusive interview with The Hill on Monday, Trump denied the allegations, saying, “Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened, OK?”

“I know nothing about her,” Trump said Monday. “She is — it’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that.”

Carroll later told CNN, “I love that I’m not his type.”

Carroll is one of more than a dozen women to have accused Trump of sexual misconduct since he kicked off his presidential campaign in 2015.