Dec 11, 2017

Trump accusers call on Congress to investigate sexual allegations

President Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Three of 16 women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual misconduct spoke out together during a joint press conference hosted in New York City on Monday, calling for action amid the growing #MeToo movement.

Robert Greenwald, the president of Brave New Films, a non-profit that hosted the event, said that the accusers share similar stories about Trump, and their allegations deserve action. "We know better, we know a lot better, predators and harassers must be held accountable," said Greenwald, adding that "elected officials, no matter what party affiliation, should act."

The accusers:

  • Rachel Crooks said Congress must "put aside party affiliations and investigate Trump's history of sexual misconduct." She described Trump's behavior as "serial misconduct and perversion."
  • Jessica Leeds said she hopes the #MeToo movement will put enough "pressure on Congress" to address not only their own members' misconduct, but also the presdient's.
  • Samantha Holvey emphasized that the #MeToo movement isn't a partisan issue. "They've investigated other Congress members so I think it only stands fair he be investigated as well."

The response: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has said their claims are false.

Go deeper: The women also spoke spoke with Megyn Kelly in an interview on NBC Monday.

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Federal court temporarily halts "Remain in Mexico" program

Migrant wearing a cap with U.S. flagin front of the border between Guatemala and Mexico. Photo: Jair Cabrera Torres/picture alliance via Getty Image

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's earlier injunction on Friday, temporarily stopping the Trump administration from enforcing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy.

Why it matters: Tens of thousands of migrants seeking asylum have been forced to wait out their U.S. immigration court cases across the border in Mexico under the policy. The Trump administration has long credited this program for the decline in border crossings following record highs last summer.

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Coronavirus updates: WHO raises global threat level to "very high"

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization raised its global risk assessment for the novel coronavirus to "very high" Friday, its highest risk level as countries struggle to contain it. Meanwhile, National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow this morning tried to reassure the markets, which continued to correct amid growing fears of a U.S. recession.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,860 people and infected about 83,800 others in almost 60 countries and territories outside the epicenter in mainland China. The number of new cases reported outside China now exceed those inside the country.

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Bernie's plan to hike taxes on some startup employees

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced legislation that would tax nonqualified stock options at vesting, rather than at exercise, for employees making at least $130,000 per year.

The big picture: Select employees at private companies would be taxed on monies that they hadn't yet banked.