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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Amanda Marcotte: [I]t's absolutely stunning to realize that the sitting president of the United States, Donald Trump, continues to evade any consequences for the numerous accusations of sexual assault and sexual harassment made against him by women who had nothing to gain by going public. His press secretary continues cheerfully deflecting questions by suggesting that Trump's accusers, all 16 of them, are liars. Trump himself calls the whole thing "fake news," even though there is literally a taped confession where he brags about forcibly kissing and grabbing women, because "when you're a star, they let you do it." "I feel this issue has been 'on hold' all year, but not forgotten," Natasha Stoynoff, who accused Trump of pushing her against a wall and shoving his tongue in her mouth, recently told People.

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Stoynoff is right -- the issue has been dropped, outside of some daily liberal grumbling about it. The reason for the lack of official response in Washington is simple enough: Republicans are protecting their president and have zero interest in instigating an investigation, much less considering legal consequences that could in any way slow down their efforts to destroy our health care system and slash taxes for the rich.

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As for the media, part of the problem is that there's nothing new to say about the allegations. Reporters can keep asking questions, but they'll get the same flat denials they've been getting for more than a year. No new women have stepped forward and there's no new evidence to gather, as far as I can tell, about the existing allegations. Trump's strategy of hunkering down and waiting out the news cycle is extremely effective when it comes to stories like this, which die from lack of breaking developments.

There is one solution that hasn't been, as far as I know, floated yet: The Justice Department could appoint a special counsel to open an investigation into the years of accusations against Trump.

Yes, there is already a special counsel, Robert Mueller, investigating the Trump campaign and the Trump administration. But Mueller's focus is entirely unrelated to the allegations of sexual abuse or assault made against Trump over the years. He's focused on figuring out what corrupt relationship the Trump campaign may have had with Russian agents who sought to steal emails and interfere with the presidential election. The allegations of sexual misconduct deserve a separate investigation. Ideally, the Justice Department would hire a prosecutor who has experience in dealing with sex crimes, much in the way that Mueller has experience dealing with criminal corruption investigations.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-21 07:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Does Putin making Donald his B open all the sexual assault charges to investigation?

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-21 08:05 PM | Reply

Bring out the women!

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-21 08:24 PM | Reply

One thing I've learned watching the other side recently is that you have to be flexible in your values and overlook minor flaws in favor of the big picture. It's just sex so who cares.

#4 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-11-21 11:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

www.youtube.com

Trump brags about entering women's dressing room.

#5 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-11-21 11:36 PM | Reply

www.youtube.com

#6 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-11-21 11:40 PM | Reply

women are special.
it takes at least 14 to keep your job.

#7 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-22 03:25 AM | Reply

How long ago was it that i got in trouble for bringing up this very subject? hmmmm.....

#8 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-22 07:03 AM | Reply

They certainly did it to Clinton, relentlessly.

A right-wing conspiracy advertised nationwide to find and finance women Bill had affairs with, or just been accosted. I was effective in obstructing his agenda. We can thank Monica for saving SS.

Contrast this with all the women who came forth against Trump voluntarily, with no consequences.

This illustrates one key difference between the parties. Republicans play more viciously than Democrats including putting the best interests of their party before the best interests of the country.

Watch SCOTUS, the same scumbags that appointed Bush, provide cover for trump, which they wouldn't do for Clinton.

#9 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-22 08:00 AM | Reply

Bring out the women!

#3 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

So Trump can call them liars and Republicans can ---- shame them!

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-22 09:03 AM | Reply

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"Bring out the women!"

Here's a list published today that includes both the accusers and those who say they can corroborate the accusers' accounts:

President Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct: The complete list

www.washingtonpost.com

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-22 11:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

So Trump can call them liars and Republicans can ---- shame them!

#10 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2017-11-22 09:03 AM

I wonder which former POTUS and his wife he learned that from?

That being said, I agree that a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate these charges, there is no reason to repeat the mistakes of the past and give him the same "pass" that Clinton got.

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-22 01:30 PM | Reply

Thanks for posting Gal. Beat me to it. Glad to see the shock waves from Harvey Weinstein's exposure continuing to crush the seeming invincibility those with power in entertainment, media, and, finally, at the highest levels of government who have been shielded thus far. Trump should have been investigated for these allegations years ago.

#13 | Posted by gavaster at 2017-11-22 05:47 PM | Reply

- The complete list

NW x 100.

Trump makes most other harassers look like amateurs.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-22 06:02 PM | Reply

When Clinton was investigated for the Whitewater land deal in Arkansas which happened before he was president the special prosecutor, Ken Starr, had no trouble switching his focus to a sex scandal in the WH. Mueller could investigate Trumps sex scandals just like Starr did. I'd honestly love to see Trump before a Congressional hearing under oath answering questions.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-22 06:14 PM | Reply

I bet Mueller is knee deep in the evidence of Dotard's sex scandals.
I cannot wait for the day Orange Adolf takes a mighty fall.

#16 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-11-22 08:08 PM | Reply

Gotta love Fake news sites. The subtleties are amazing. When were CHARGES ever filed?

#17 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-11-23 09:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I wonder if when the publish the names James Carvil will simply refer to the women as "trailer trash"......again.

#18 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-11-24 08:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#17

Maybe some charges will be filed. It's not like Trump ever stops any bad thing he does, or brags about.

#19 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-24 12:13 PM | Reply

I wonder if when the publish the names James Carvil will simply refer to the women as "trailer trash"......again.

#18 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Did we impeach Clinton?

Also, didn't the Special Prosecutor investigate Clinton for the accusations?

What's wrong, Fishy? Why shouldn't Trump be investigated? He's already admitted to doing worse than Clinton?

#20 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-24 12:31 PM | Reply

Gotta love Fake news sites. The subtleties are amazing. When were CHARGES ever filed?

#17 | POSTED BY BOGEY1355

That's your defense? Charges weren't filed?

Charges weren't filed against Clinton but they impeached him anyway. Maybe they should apologize?

Weinstein hasn't had charges filed either. So he must be innocent?

On another thread you say Kathy Griffin should be unemployable and on the no fly list...but no charges were filed against her.

Maybe you are just a whiny partisan hack. Go find your safe space.

#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-24 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Considering Trump's military actions of late, I think he grew a coat of teflon.

#22 | Posted by Ray at 2017-11-24 12:39 PM | Reply

Considering Trump's military actions of late, I think he grew a coat of teflon.

#22 | POSTED BY RAY

Or Republicans have the House and Senate and are traitors to their country.

Details though, right?

#23 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-24 12:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I wonder if when the publish the names James Carvil will simply refer to the women as "trailer trash"......again.

Flashback: Donald Trump Called Bill Clinton's Accusers 'Terrible' and 'Unattractive' and Former President 'Terrific'

abcnews.go.com

"I don't necessarily agree with his victims," Trump said to Fox News' Neil Cavuto in a clip uncovered earlier in the year by the "Daily Beast." "His victims are terrible. He is, he is really a victim himself. But he put himself in that position."

"These people are just, I don't know, where he met them - where he found them," Trump continued. "But the whole group -- it's truly an unattractive cast of characters. Linda Tripp, Lucianne Goldberg, I mean, this woman, I watch her on television. She is so bad. The whole group, Paula Jones, Lewinsky, it's just a really unattractive group. I'm not just talking about physical."

www.cnn.com

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-24 02:20 PM | Reply

Clinton accuser Juanita Broaddrick won't say whether she believes Trump accusees

President Bill Clinton of raping her said she has "no idea" if the allegations of sexual harassment against President Trump are true.

Juanita Broaddrick told Newsweek that she feels "sorry" for the women who have said Trump sexually harassed them, but that it's "only fair" for them and their claims to be investigated.

"I felt like they had a right to be heard," she told Newsweek. "But I also felt at the same time that they should bear investigation, scrutiny and vetting. I think it's only fair for all parties involved."

thehill.com

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-24 02:23 PM | Reply

Or Republicans have the House and Senate and are traitors to their country.
Details though, right?
#23 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

No more than Demoncrats.

#26 | Posted by Ray at 2017-11-24 03:01 PM | Reply

If Al Franken has to go, then so does Trump and Moore x 1000. Anything less is pure, unadulterated partisan hypocrisy. Also, if Al Franken has to be 'investigated' so does Trump x 1000.

It is so angering to hear -------- like Hannity defend Trump and Moore while simultaneously attacking Franken and Clinton. The hypocrisy is beyond embittering.

#27 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-11-24 03:03 PM | Reply

One thing I've learned watching the other side recently is that you have to be flexible in your values and overlook minor flaws in favor of the big picture. It's just sex so who cares.

I know, right?! I mean how old is 14 anyway? The Bible doesn't condemn sexual transgressions between a man and children. It was just Roy Moore molesting a fourteen year old girl, so who cares.

Watching conservatives is sure illuminating.

Thanks for pointing it out, Visitor.

#28 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-11-24 03:13 PM | Reply

Or Republicans have the House and Senate and are traitors to their country.
Details though, right?
#23 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT
No more than Demoncrats.
#26 | POSTED BY RAY

When was it that Democrats sided with the Russians and sold out their country again?
Didn't Dems immediately call for an investigation in Franken?

Is the imaginary world you live in nice?

#29 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-24 03:52 PM | Reply

Is the imaginary world you live in nice?

"It's made of gold, and I'm Midas!"
~Ray

#30 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-11-24 11:12 PM | Reply

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