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

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump FDA pick dodges questions on Trump's flavored vape ban Congress feels heat to act on youth vaping Progressive Democrats ramp up attacks on private equity MORE (R-Utah) said the latest rape allegation against President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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 ErnstGOP senator blocks vote on House-passed Violence Against Women Act Tensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' 2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation 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.