When another woman accuses President Donald Trump of sexual assault, a Democratic member of Congress is now calling for a formal investigation into the approximately two dozen similar allegations against Trump.
Rep. Jackie Speier, a Californian Democrat who sits on the Parliament's Regulatory and Reform Committee and is a leader in sexual harassment, said Congress should address these allegations after writer E. Jean Carroll published a book in which she described a violent sexual encounter with Trump over 20 years ago.
"We have a lot on our plate, so I can not talk about when it will happen," Speier said Tuesday in a brief interview with The Daily Beast. She reiterated that it was worth the time of the legislature, especially given Carroll's story.
"This particular case is particularly outrageous, and there is no reason not to believe the woman," said Speier. "I think his problem is, he sees it as a way to woo a woman, and women see it as a sexual assault or rape."
A House Democrat aide told The Daily Beast that in Carroll's allegations, some party legislators are considering an investigation into their history and the many others. According to the adjutant, however, questions remain as to which committee could be responsible for such a matter.
It seems a long way off whether the matter ever reaches the point of jurisdiction of the Debating Committee. While Speier spoke openly about the merits of a congressional investigation, she was largely alone. Other Democrats rejected the idea, saying that while they appreciate the severity of Carroll's allegations, their investigation records were full.
"Oh my gosh, we have enough inquiries going on!" Said MEP Karen Bass (D-CA), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. "I think that would be ridiculous."
"We know that. I think there are a lot of other things that are just as important, and for me it would be a distraction to focus on that now."
Indeed, Carroll's Democrats returned to DC on Tuesday History barely seemed to be in the head, with few offices issuing press releases and members barely touching the topic during the media hits, and it did not appear during weekly press sessions by members of the Democratic leadership on Tuesday.
The reluctance was another A reminder that Washington has hardened into something that used to be a politically crippling moment in an earlier era: more than two dozen women have now accused Trump of seeing everything in nude pageants for unwanted kissing and groping in places that may be considered He has denied them all, even on Monday, al He said Carroll was "not my type."
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"Where's her magic line that says," Okay, he's finally crossed the line, we have to hold a hearing? "She asked." I've lost track of how many women have responded now, and what you're telling us is that we do not matter. "
But Jessica Leeds, the New York Times's in 2016 When Trump was spotted on a plane three decades earlier, hearings were said to be a waste of time comparing the President to Teflon and surviving even though other famous men were killed as a result of minor scandals related to MeToo  "To some extent it's just how many times can someone get in touch and tell a story? It just seems to fall on deaf ears, "she said. "It feels like people just shrug their shoulders and look at the next problem."
Jill Harth, one of the first women to accuse Trump of not having touched them by mutual agreement, added that she understood why Carroll had been waiting to say something. "I totally understand it," she said. "She saw my story and those of the other women swept under the carpet, and it meant nothing."
For their part, the Democrats admitted that a well-known pattern prevailed in the allegations against Trump: the shock of revelation, followed by the perseverance of denial, which led to the speed with which everyone seemed to move. That did not mean that they had become deaf to everything.
"I think I'm overwhelmed with what the president says," said Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), who was visibly emotionally debating Trump's comments. "It annoys me so much."
Meanwhile, the Republicans did not bother to feign much outrage at all. Urged by reporters to respond to Carroll's allegations and the President's reaction to them, many rejected this altogether.
"He denied it," said Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). "That's all I needed to hear."
Others claimed that they had not seen the story or simply rejected a comment. And the few who have read Carroll's report have done their best to fight back.
"I think both the Prosecutor and the defendant have a right to due process and respect," Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) told reporters on Tuesday. "The prosecutor has charged and the defendant has denied it in America, just because you're accused of something does not mean you're guilty." passed. "I did my best," he said, "to give you an answer."