Frequent Trump critic and Senator Mitt Romney has asked for an investigation into a sexual assault accusation made against President Trump by 75-year-old advice columnist E. Jean Carroll. The accusation dates back to an incident in the 1990s and allegedly took place in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman’s in New York. Carroll’s assault claim is part of her new book that was excerpted in New York Magazine last week.
“It’s a very serious allegation,” Romney told CNN Tuesday. He said it required more “evaluation.” The Utah Republican didn’t specify who, or what, should lead the investigation. “Whether it’s Congress or whether it’s another setting, I’m not sure,” he said.
Trump denied the accusation. Carroll never filed charges and hasn’t been very clear when explaining what she says happened.
Carroll made serious claims but they were confusing. She says that sometime in 1995 or 1996 — she doesn’t remember the year exactly — Donald Trump groped her in a New York City department store. Somehow, the two wound up together in a dressing room. Carroll decided to model lingerie for Trump, a full lace outfit, she says, and then the assault took place. That’s her story.
Carroll says she was devastated by what happened, but she did not report it to law enforcement for some reason. Nor did she write about it — though she is a writer during Trump’s presidential campaign or for the last two and a half years of his presidency.
In a bizarre sit down interview with CNN propagandist Lawrence O’Donnell, Carroll explained why she wouldn’t file charges now against the president.
“I would find it disrespectful to the women who are down on the border who are being raped around the clock down there without any protection,” Carroll said. “The women have very little protection there. It would just be disrespectful.”
Carroll continued, “Mine was three minutes. I’m a mature woman. I can handle it. I can keep going. You know my life has gone on. I’m a happy woman. But for the women down there and, actually, around the world, you know, in every culture this is going on no matter high in society or low in society, it just seems disrespectful that I would bring — it just doesn’t make sense to me.”
Here is Carroll describing the incident:
“The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips. I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again,” Carroll writes in her upcoming book [RED FLAG HERE] What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal. “He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights.”
She continues, “The next moment, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me. It turns into a colossal struggle.” So no one heard this?
WATCH: E. Jean Carroll talk about the alleged encounter.
Did I mention that Carroll has a book to sell?
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