Sen. Gillibrand Calls for Trump to Resign Over Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

In the absence of a resignation, she said Congress should investigate the allegations.

Tom Williams/ZUMA

Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Monday called on President Donald Trump to immediately resign over the allegations of sexual misconduct that first emerged during the election against him, describing the claims as both “credible” and “heartbreaking.” 

“These allegations are credible, they are numerous,” Gillibrand told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “I’ve heard these women’s testimony and many of them are heartbreaking and President Donald Trump should resign his position.” 

While acknowledging that there was scant possibility that Trump would bow to such demands—he has denied all of the allegations and previously threatened to sue his accusers–the New York senator said that Congress should then open an investigation.

“Whether he will ever hold himself accountable is something you really can’t hold your breath for, so Congress should have hearings,” Gillibrand continued. “They should do their investigation, they should have appropriate investigations of his behavior and hold him accountable.”

Her remarks came just hours after three women who had previously accused the president of inappropriate sexual behavior demanded a congressional probe into the matter. The women said that they were renewing their stories in light of the national conversation surrounding sexual harassment in recent months in hopes that lawmakers and the public would take their allegations more seriously this time around.

Last week, Gillibrand was the first senator to demand Sen. Al Franken resign over his own sexual misconduct allegations. Speaking from the Senate floor Thursday, Franken announced that he would step down in the coming weeks, but pointed out the “irony” in the fact that “a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault” is still in the White House.

THE END...

of our fiscal year is Thursday, June 30, and we have a much larger fundraising gap than we can easily manage with only days left to go.

Right now is no time to come up short: If you value the hard-hitting, democracy-protecting, justice-advancing journalism you get from Mother Jones, please help us keep charging as hard as we possibly can with a much-needed and much-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

THE END...

of our fiscal year is Thursday, June 30, and we have a much larger fundraising gap than we can easily manage with only days left to go.

Right now is no time to come up short: If you value the hard-hitting, democracy-protecting, justice-advancing journalism you get from Mother Jones, please help us keep charging as hard as we possibly can with a much-needed and much-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate