Trump Never 'Should Have Been President' and Sexual Harassment Probe, Case Should Go Forward, Pelosi Says

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks about tax reform during a press conference on Capitol Hill on November 30. Pelosi recently said she thinks an ethics investigation into President Donald Trump should get started. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blasted President Donald Trump's political legitimacy Tuesday by telling reporters he never "should have been president" and stated a possible congressional investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Trump before he took office should go forward.

The ranking House Democrat also said that a sexual harassment civil case, brought by former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos against Trump, should proceed in court.

"I don't think he ever should have been president," Pelosi told reporters, according to The Hill.

Pelosi's comments about Trump and his alleged misdeeds came the same day House Democrats and members of the Democratic Women's Working Group cited the national #MeToo movement as sufficient reason enough for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate Trump.

"The #MeToo movement has arrived, and sexual abuse will not be tolerated, whether it's by a Hollywood producer, the chef of a restaurant, a member of Congress or the president of the United States," Representative Lois Frankel of Florida told reporters at a news conference. "No man or woman is above the law."

To date, 19 women have accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault, but the president denied the accusations after they emerged during his campaign last year.

A frequent and vocal Trump critic, Pelosi stood by her fellow Democrats' decision. "I think there's a course of action here," she said. "The committee should allow the investigation to go forward. The court should allow the case to go forward."

Zervos's case against Trump contends the president defamed her by denying her claim he groped her in 2007, when she was a contestant on his NBC reality-TV game show, and calling her a liar. The case was heard in New York state's Supreme Court last week in Manhattan, and Trump's lawyers claimed the U.S. Constitution denied the judge jurisdiction over the case and therefore asked for it to be dismissed. The judge has yet to make a ruling.

Three other Trump accusers again told their stories Monday, on NBC's Today show, further keeping Trump's alleged transgressions as a celebrity on the national stage while his administration struggles in Washington.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered up three "eyewitnesses" who could dispel the stories of accusers Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks. But the list was viewed as underwhelming, with two of the witnesses not having made public remarks before and one known to make up stories to the media.

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