At Friday’s press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to a question about whether it would be “fair” to investigate the claims against the president, Sanders said that the allegations against Trump were already covered “extensively” during the campaign.
“We addressed that then,” Sanders said. “The American people I think spoke loud and clear when they elected this president.”
Sanders also said that the key difference between the allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and those against President Trump is that the senator “has admitted wrongdoing.”
“Senator Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn’t; I think that’s a very clear distinction,” she continued.
.@PressSec to @CeciliaVega on difference in response to allegations of sexual misconduct against Al Franken and Pres. Trump: "Senator Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn't." pic.twitter.com/lsxBcwezQu
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 17, 2017
Franken offered an apology Thursday to television host Leeann Tweeden who accused him of groping and kissing her without her consent.
Donald Trump has in fact admitted to sexual assault on tape.
At least a dozen women came forward to accuse Trump of unwanted touching and kissing after the leak of a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which he makes lewd comments about grabbing women “by the pussy.”
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them,” Trump said. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
“These are stories that are made up, these are total fiction,” Trump said last year. “You’ll find out that, in the years to come, these women that stood up, it was all fiction,” he said. “They were made up. I don’t know these women, it’s not my thing to do what they say.”
Trump attacked Franken for sexual misconduct which immediately reignited the accusations against him.
“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?” Trump tweeted Friday.
The White House on Friday stood by its official stance that the women who have accused Trump are lying.
BuzzFeedNews: Q: Is it the White House position that women accusing Trump of misconduct are lying?
PressSec: The president has denied those allegations. pic.twitter.com/YG3d1wfWte
— Jeannette Marshall (@OptioneerJM) November 17, 2017