Sen. Gillibrand says Trump should resign in CNN interview
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told CNN Monday afternoon that President Donald Trump should resign over allegations of sexual assault that first surfaced during the 2016 presidential campaign.
"President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign," the Democrat told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview.
At least 15 women have come forward with accusations against President Trump, ranging from sexual harassment and misconduct to sexual assault.
"These allegations are credible; they are numerous, " Gillibrand told CNN. "I've heard these women's testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking."
Gillibrand added that if Trump does not "immediately resign," then Congress "should have appropriate investigations of his behavior and hold him accountable."
Gillibrand's statement comes amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men in business, media and politics, many of which have led to firings and resignations. Gillibrand's Democratic colleague, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, resigned on Thursday after being accused of sexual misconduct with at least seven women. One of the most prominent cases involves a potential future colleague of Gillibrand's — Roy Moore. The former Alabama state judge is bidding for the state's U.S. Senate seat that was left vacant when Jeff Sessions left to become attorney general. In the last month, eight women have come forward accusing Moore of sexual misconduct acts that occurred several decades ago.
Last month, Gillibrand also said in an interview with The New York Times that Bill Clinton should've resigned following his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago.
Over the last several years, Gillibrand has been a leading voice in Congress combating sexual assault in the military.