Three of the 16 women who have publicly accused U.S. President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct have called on Congress to hold an ethics investigation into the allegations. The White House's official stance is that all of the president's accusers are lying (video below).
On Dec. 11, four women who had accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault during the 2016 campaign were interviewed on NBC News' "Megyn Kelly Today."
Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks recounted their allegations against the president in the studio, while Lisa Boyne detailed her own story over the phone. Holvey asserted that Trump had repeatedly objectified her when she was a Miss USA pageant contestant in 2006 and described Trump's election as hurtful.
"It was heartbreaking last year ... we're private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there and try to show America who this man is and especially how he views women and for them to say: 'Meh, we don't care,' it hurt," Holvey said. "And so now it's just like: 'Let's try round two. The environment's different, let's try again.'"
Crooks alleged that Trump gripped her hand and forcibly kissed her several times when she introduced herself to him at Trump Tower in 2005.
"He held onto my hand, and he kept kissing me," Crooks said.
Leeds alleged that Trump groped her while they were seated together aboard an airplane decades beforehand.
"When [Trump's] hand started going up my skirt -- I'm not a small person -- I managed to wiggle out and stand up, grab my purse and I went to the back of the airplane," Leeds said.
The White House issued a statement dismissing all of the accusations.
"These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year's campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory," the statement read. "The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them."
Later that day, Crooks, Holvey and Leeds participated in a separate press conference in New York City hosted by the non-profit Brave New Films. All three women called on Congress to investigate the allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump, CBS News reported.
"I am hoping that this will come forward and produce enough pressure on Congress to address it more than just for their own members but to address it with the president," Leeds said of the #MeToo movement.
"A non-partisan investigation is important not just for [Trump] but for anybody that has allegations against them, this isn't a partisan issue, this is how women are treated everyday," Holvey added.
The three women also said they believed it was unlikely Trump would be compelled to resign by an ethics investigation.
"I believe other folks have resigned so I think he should, I don't think he ever will, but I think it's the public that needs to be aware this is the type of person he is," Holvey concluded.
On Dec. 10, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stated during an interview that Trump's accusers should be heard.
"I think we heard from them prior to the election," Haley said. "And I think any woman who has felt violated or mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up ... women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them."
On Dec. 6, a Quinnipiac University poll found that 70 percent of U.S. adults wanted Congress to investigate the allegations of misconduct against Trump, according to The Hill.