Vastavam web: After days of relative silence about a series of sexual misconduct scandals roiling the United States, President Donald Trump weighed today, bashing a leading Democrat now under investigation.Trump took to Twitter to hit out at Senator Al Franken, who, it emerged earlier in the day, was photographed in 2006 groping a broadcaster’s breasts while she was asleep.Franken has apologised and said he does not remember that second incident in the same way, but he now faces a Senate ethics investigation that could see him fined, stripped of committee posts or even expelled.
Until now, the White House had tried to distance Trump from a rolling series of scandals that have reverberated from Hollywood to the halls of Congress.As the storm of allegations has swirled, Trump who himself has faced more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct had largely avoided comment.”And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women,” Trump said in a second tweet.
Franken is also on the judiciary committee, which is among those looking into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.As president and as celebrity, Trump has frequently injected himself into developments to which he has little connection from the shooting of Harambe the gorilla to NFL anthem protests.Earlier, the White House said Trump believes the allegations against Moore were “very troubling and should be taken seriously.” Several women stepped forward to accuse the would-be senator Moore of decades-old impropriety, including a woman who said he initiated a sexual encounter when she was 14.
But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump’s accusers should not be believed in the same way.The allegations against Moore are politically charged for the White House. They have heightened ideological splits in the Republican Party and could help decide who controls the Senate.Republicans control 54 of 100 seats in the Senate, but if Democrats win in Alabama, victories in tight races in Arizona and Nevada and an upset elsewhere would put them in charge