Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York says President Donald Trump should resign after three women renewed their previous allegations that he had sexually assaulted them.
"President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign," the Democratic senator said during a Dec. 11 interview on CNN.
"These allegations are credible; they are numerous," she continued. "I've heard these women's testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking."
Gillibrand is the fifth senator to call for Trump's resignation. Her comments came after three women held a press conference to reiterate allegations that Trump sexually assaulted them. While he was campaigning for the presidency in 2016, Trump was accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women, according to The Washington Post.
"This was serial misconduct and perversion on the part of Mr. Trump," said Rachel Crooks, a former receptionist who accused Trump of kissing her without permission in 2005, according to CNN. "Unfortunately, this behavior isn't rare in our society, and people of all backgrounds can be victims. The only reason I am here today is that this offender is now the president of our country."
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed the allegations, saying Trump has already addressed them and denied any of the incidents ever occurred.
While his press secretary indicated the White House wanted to move past the allegations, Trump took to Twitter on Dec. 12 to imply allegations against him were a plot by Democrats.
"Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia - so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!" he wrote.
Shortly after the first tweet, Trump hit back at Gillibrand, saying she used to beg him donations.
"Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump," he tweeted. "Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked - USED!"
Gillibrand directly responded to Trump on Twitter, writing, "You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office."
Sources: CNN (2), The Washington Post, Donald Trump/Twitter (2), Kirsten Gillibrand/Twitter / Featured Image: Senior Airman Christopher Muncy/U.S. Army / Embedded Images: Congress/Wikimedia Commons, personaldemocracy/Flickr