Mitt Romney: Rape allegation against Trump should be 'evaluated'

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocrats should rise above and unify against Trump's tweets Trump steps up attacks on 'Squad' after post-rally furor Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite MORE (R-Utah) said the latest rape allegation against President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE should be "evaluated."

"It's a very serious allegation," Romney said, CNN reported Tuesday. "I hope that it is fully evaluated. The President said it didn't happen and I certainly hope that's the case."

But the frequent Trump critic also said he doesn't know who should conduct such an evaluation, saying, "Whether it's Congress or whether it's another setting, I'm not sure."

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Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstTrump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout House Dems, Senate GOP build money edge to protect majorities MORE (R-Iowa), who generally supports the president, has also said that it's important that "any types of allegations like this are taken seriously, but they do have to be properly vetted," according to The Washington Post.

Writer E. Jean Carroll accused the president of raping her in the 1990s in an excerpt of her new book published last week in New York magazine. She wrote that the president attacked her in the dressing room of a Bergdorf Goodman department store. 

Trump has denied the allegation, telling The Hill in an exclusive interview that Carroll is "not my type."

“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” he said.