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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite Rubio criticizes reporters, Democrat for racism accusations against McCain MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday weighed in on E. Jean Carroll's allegation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' 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.