Donald Trump harassment allegations renewed after three women launch media tour

Donald Trump harassment allegations renewed after three women go on media tour

Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks first made claims of harassment during the presidential campaign

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The spotlight has returned to harrassment allegations made against Donald Trump after three of his accusers launched a media tour. 

Claims of alleged harassment were first made by Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds and Samantha Holvey during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

The three gave a joint press conference on Monday to demand Congress open up a cross-party investigation into the US President's conduct. 

Crooks said Trump had escaped from his past "unscathed" but pointed out over a dozen women had made claims against him and there was "video proof" - the 2005 Access Hollywood tape. 

The conference prompted the Democratic Women’s Working Group (DWWG) to announce 56 female lawmakers were launching an official request for the House Oversight Committee to investigate the claims.

The White House once again stated its denials, saying the womens' claims were politically motivated. 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders - the White House Secretary - said there were eyewitness accounts disputing the claims, and two clippings to support her statement were released after her briefing.

Trump himself has now responded, in typically outspoken style on Twitter.

The President suggested the latest allegations were driven by Democrats frustrated because they cannot "show any collusion with Russia", and ended with his now-typical denunciation of "fake news".