This is the reason that the swamp fears President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, the president told reporters that he believes the names of congressmen that have settled sexual harassment lawsuits should be outed.
“I do. I really do. I think they should,” he said on the South Lawn of the White House before he departed for the Thanksgiving holiday in Mar-a-Lago.
It was revealed last week by Democrat Calif. Rep. Jackie Speier, that over the last 10 – 15 years around $15 million has been paid to victims of sexual harassment from members of the House of Representatives.
Rep. Speier did not name names of the accused, nor did she mention the names of two representatives she said were currently serving in the House, other than to say one was a Democrat and the other is a Republican.
But it was reported this week that one representative that has been accused of harassment, by several women, is Democrat Michigan Rep. John Conyers.
The House Ethics Committee promptly announced that it had opened an investigation into allegations against Conyers.
With many political figures being accused of sexual harassment and assault, reporters peppered the president with questions on Conyers, Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore and Democrat Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.
On Moore, President Trump gave as close to an endorsement as he ever has since allegations of sexual misconduct with teens 40 years ago by Moore had surfaced.
He said he would decide next week if he would campaign for Moore “but I can tell you, you don’t need somebody who’s soft on crime, like (his Democrat opponent Doug) Jones.”
“Roy Moore denies it,” the president said. “That’s all I can say. He denies it. And, by the way, he totally denies it.”
On Sen. Franken, who last week President Trump mocked in a tweet, the president did not endorse the idea of him resigning.
“I don’t know,” he said. “look, I don’t want to speak for (Sen.) Al Franken. I don’t know what happened.”
He did not take the opportunity to pile on Conyers either.
“I just heard about Conyers two minutes ago,” he said before going back to Sen. Franken. “As far as Franken is concerned, he’s going to have to speak for himself. I’d rather have him speak for himself.”
The president also gave support to the women who have been making these claims.
“Women are very special,” he said. “I think it’s a very special time because a lot of things are coming out, and I think that’s good for our society, and I think it’s very, very good for women. And I’m very happy a lot of these things are coming out, and I’m very happy it’s being exposed.”
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