Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is teaming up with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) to demand an investigation of E. Jean Carroll’s allegation’s that Donald Trump raped her 23 years ago.
Romney insists Caroll’s accusations are “serious” and should be explored and investigated “by Congress of another setting.”
“It’s a very serious allegation,” the Utah senator told CNN Tuesday. “I hope that it is fully evaluated. The President said it didn’t happen and I certainly hope that’s the case.”
When asked whether Caroll should be believed, Ernsty replied, “I think anybody that makes an accusation like that, they should come forward. But obviously, there has to be some additional information. They need to interview her. They need to visit with him.
Carroll drew backlash Monday after arguing “the word rape carries so many sexual connotations.” She then claimed, “most people think of rape as being sexy – think of fantasies.”
Caroll, a popular advice columnist, first leveled her allegations of rape in New York Magazine when a part of her new book, What do we need men for? A modest proposal, was printed Friday.
Caroll claims Trump raped her in a dressing room of a New York City department store in the late 1990s. She described her experience in an interview with CNN.
“He just went at it, ‘she claimed. “He pulled down my tights and it was a fight.”
“I’ve never met this person in my life,” Trump shot back. “She is trying to sell a new book – that should indicate her motivation.”
Romney has a history of backstabbing Trump, often after seeking or receiving his assistance. He sought Trump’s endorsement in 2012 and formally unveiled the endorsement at an event in Las Vegas. Yet, he delivered a speech in March 2016 focused solely on trashing the then-Republican frontrunner.
“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the members of the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat,” he lamented.
The failed presidential candidate then offered to join Trump’s cabinet in Nov. 2016 after the president’s historic victory. In February 2018, Trump endorsed Romney in the GOP primary for U.S. senate and Romeny accepted it despite leading the NeverTrump movement in 2016. In January, Romney published a scathing op-ed of the president in an an anti-Trump newspaper, arguing the commander-in-chief “has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
Following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Romney declared he is “sickened” by the president’s conduct. While the special counsel specified his team did not find any evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, the freshmen senator argued the 448 page report “is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”
Since entering the political arena in 2015, nearly 20 women have accused the Trump of sexual assault or misconduct.
Trump in October 2016 to sue the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.
“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” Trump said during remarks in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. “Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”
He added that a “simple phone call” to major news outlets “gets them wall-to-wall coverage with virtually no fact-checking ever.”