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Some Background: In 1997 a former business partner, Jill Harth Houraney (plaintiff) filed suit against Trump (defendant) alleging sexual harassment, including attempted rape. This was ongoing over an extended period of time. The lawsuit was filed a decade ago, well before the election:
Mrs. Jill Harth Houraney is apparently one of many: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/11/21/16-of-the-24-women-reporting-sexual-assault-harassment-by-trump-hear-their-stories The most bizarre is Trump grabbing the breast of a lady, who he had never met, while she was awaiting her ride.
If you read the 1997 allegations then you will see that the Trump described sounds exactly like the Trump most have come to know over the last year plus. It is also in line with the Trump and Billy Bush recording: “Later, referring to Arianne Zucker (whom they were waiting to meet), Trump says: I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. 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.” (Fahrenthold, David A. (October 7, 2016). “Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005“. The Washington Post ). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_and_Billy_Bush_recording
According to the 1997 lawsuit, on December 12, 1992 and again on January 9, 1993, Trump put a hand on Jill Harth (Houraney)’s thighs and tried to touch her “intimate private parts“. On January 9, 1993 Trump also “forcibly kissed, fondled and restrained from leaving” in Ivanka’s bedroom. This was followed by attempted rape on January 24, 1993 in Ivanka’s bedroom. On July 16, 1993, Trump and Nick Ribis “both assumed an uninvited ‘sexual familiarity’ with plaintiff by ‘touching and feeling’ plaintiff’s person“. There is much, much more in the legal complaint, including attempts to procure sex with an under-age pageant contestant. This case was filed well before the election – 20 years ago. This is but one case of the many women reporting. There may be at least 25. We haven’t had time to fully itemize, but the list of 24 is missing the name of at least one accuser who dropped charges: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/11/21/16-of-the-24-women-reporting-sexual-assault-harassment-by-trump-hear-their-stories/
Trump has admitted to going backstage in pageants: “You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible-looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that,’ he said.” (“A Timeline of Donald Trump’s Creepiness While He Owned Miss Universe, From walking into a teen dressing room to joking about his obligation to sleep with contestants, Trump’s a storied pageant creep“, By Tessa Stuart, October 12, 2016, Rolling Stone Magazine).
“As sole owner of the lesser-known Miss Universe contest, Donald Trump exercised his privilege and power by hugging, kissing, and groping the breasts of many contestants, and barging into their dressing rooms when they were undressed. He humiliated one winner by announcing to the press that she was “too fat.” He also commented lewdly on the women’s bodies to male assistants, and is said to have propositioned some of the young contestants for sex (Shalby, 2016)“, See: Brannon, Robert (2016) “Donald Trump and the Sex Industry,” Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 11: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/12/07/donald-trump-and-the-sex-industry. This apparently included Miss Teen USA. This behavior means that dozens upon dozens were apparently harassed-made to feel uncomfortable.
Excerpt from the December 11th letter to the US House Oversight Committee, signed by 50 US Congresswomen: “At least 17 women have publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct . Natasha Stoynoff recounted how the President pushed her against a wall and forced his tongue down her throat. Jill Harth described how the President attempted to get up her dress. Kristin Anderson detailed how the President touched her genitals through her underwear. Mariah Billado, Rachel Crooks, Tasha Dixon, Jessica Drake, Cathy Heller, Samantha Holvey, Ninni Laaksonen, Jessica Leeds, Temple Taggart McDowell, Mindy McGillivray, Cassandra Searles, Bridget Sullivan, Karena Virginia, and Summer Zervos also offered alarming accounts.
The President’s own remarks appear to back up the allegations. The President has boasted in public and in crude terms that he feels at liberty to perpetrate such conduct against women. Subsequently, Mr. Trump apologized and called it “locker room talk.” He has since called all his accusers liars.” https://frankel.house.gov/uploadedfiles/dwwg_oversightletter_12.11.2017.pdf
“Congresswomen Want Investigation into Alleged Trump Sexual Misconduct
December 11, 2017 10:10 PM, VOA News
More than 50 female members of Congress want House leaders to investigate alleged sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump before he was in the White House.
The representatives sent a letter Monday to Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy and Democrat Elijah Cummings of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“At least 17 women have publicly accused the president of sexual misconduct,” the letter from the Democratic Women’s Working Group says.
“The American people deserve a full inquiry into the truth of these allegations. The president’s own remarks appear to back up the allegations…he feels at liberty to perpetuate such conduct against women. We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump.”
The letter invites the president to bring forth present evidence in his own defense.
Earlier Monday, four U.S. senators called on Trump to resign over the allegations.
”These allegations are credible; they are numerous. I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking,” New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand told CNN.
She added that if Trump does not immediately resign, Congress “should have appropriate investigations of his behavior and hold him accountable.”
The remarks follow similar calls by Senator Bernie Sanders — an independent — and Democrats Jeff Merkley, and Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey. All of them urged the president to step down following the announced resignations of Senator Al Franken and Congressman John Conyers over sexual harassment allegations.
Three women, who last year accused Donald Trump of making unwanted sexual advances, renewed their allegations Monday, saying it was time Congress investigate claims against the president in the wake of dozens of other powerful American men being held accountable for their treatment of women.
Rachel Crooks, who accused Trump of forcibly kissing her 12 years ago when she worked as a receptionist at his Trump Tower business headquarters in New York, said lawmakers should “put aside their party affiliations and investigate Mr. Trump’s history of sexual misconduct.”
She appeared alongside the two other Trump accusers at a New York news conference: Samantha Holvey, who alleged that Trump walked uninvited into a backstage dressing area where she and others were in various states of undress at a 2012 beauty pageant Trump owned, and Jessica Leeds, who accused Trump of groping her when she sat next to him on a commercial airline flight in the late 1970s.
During last year’s presidential campaign, more than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct extending over several decades, but he denied all the accusations, and said that an explicit 2005 taped comment of him boasting of groping women was merely “locker room talk.”
The White House again rejected the allegations.
“These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory,” the White House said. “The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.”
Later, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “We feel these allegations have been answered” by the results of the 2016 election. “The American people knew this and voted for the president.”
The women’s renewed claims against Trump come as powerful men from film making, politics, the media and business have been fired or forced to resign in the last two months after women came forward with graphic details of unwanted sexual advances.
Crooks said of the alleged Trump Tower encounter with the future president, he “repeatedly kissed my cheeks and ultimately my lips in an encounter that has since impacted my life well beyond the initial occurrence and feelings of self-doubt and insignificance I had. Unfortunately, given Mr. Trump’s notoriety, and the fact that he was a partner of my employer’s, not to mention the owner of the building, I felt there was nothing I could do. Given this hostile work environment, my only solution at the time was to simply avoid additional encounters with him.”
Holvey said, “As a little girl, I would watch the Miss USA pageant every year and dream of being one of those beautiful, successful, incredibly confident women. These dreams never included a man lining us all up to look us over like we were pieces of meat.
“These dreams never included a man coming into the backstage hair and makeup area while I sat naked under a robe, as he walked around looking at us like we were his property before he moved into the dressing room,” she said. “And these dreams certainly never included this same man becoming president of the United States. I have a new dream now, that this man will be held accountable for his actions and that future generations of women can fulfill their dreams without worry of anyone treating them like they are less than because they’re a woman.”
While Trump has said the women’s allegations are false, one of his key government appointees, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday, “Women who accuse anyone should be heard. They should be heard and they should be dealt with.”
Asked whether Trump’s election meant that voters had decided the issue in his case, Haley said, “That’s for the people to decide. I know that he was elected, but women should always feel comfortable coming forward, and we should all be willing to listen to them.” https://www.voanews.com/a/congresswomen-want-trump-sexual-misconduct-probe/4159958.html
The December 11th letter:
“The Honorable Trey Gowdy, Chairman
The Honorable Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member,
House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform
2471 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Gowdy and Ranking Member Cummings,
The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the principal oversight committee of the House of Representatives and may at “any time” investigate “any matter” as set forth in House Rule X. In that regard, as Members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, we are requesting that the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigate the reports of sexual misconduct raised against President Trump, many of which he has denied. The American people deserve a full inquiry into the truth of these allegations.
At least 17 women have publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct. Natasha Stoynoff recounted how the President pushed her against a wall and forced his tongue down her throat. Jill Harth described how the President attempted to get up her dress. Kristin Anderson detailed how the President touched her genitals through her underwear. Mariah Billado, Rachel Crooks, Tasha Dixon, Jessica Drake, Cathy Heller, Samantha Holvey, Ninni Laaksonen, Jessica Leeds, Temple Taggart McDowell, Mindy McGillivray, Cassandra Searles, Bridget Sullivan, Karena Virginia, and Summer Zervos also offered alarming accounts.
The President’s own remarks appear to back up the allegations. The President has boasted in public and in crude terms that he feels at liberty to perpetrate such conduct against women. Subsequently, Mr. Trump apologized and called it “locker room talk.” He has since called all his accusers liars.
In the time of “Me Too,” women across the country are coming forward with their own harrowing stories of sexual harassment and assault. Members of Congress have also come under scrutiny and investigation, with some resigning, for improper sexual conduct. We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump. With that said, the President should be allowed to present evidence in his own defense.
Please respond with a decision within 10 days so that the Democratic Women’s Working Group can proceed accordingly. We await your prompt response.
US Congressman Cummings will respond. But, will Trey Gowdy?