WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning, NY 23) is weighing in on the sexual assault scandals that have rocked politics in recent months.
During a conference call with regional media on Tuesday, Reed said America is witnessing what he calls a watershed moment.
“Going forward I think you will see reforms across the country in all industries, including Washington D.C., that will advance the cause of getting sexual harassment out in the open, making sure that our workplaces are safe and secure, and making sure that there are reforms that will advance those efforts,” Reed said.
Earlier in the week, three women who’ve accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault prior to his running for office called on Congress to open an investigation into those allegations.
When asked his thoughts regarding a possible congressional investigation into the allegations against the president, Reed said it wasn’t something he’d call.
“I’m going to defer to the White House in regards to any comments to those accusations directly, but I will say a lot of these accusations, if not all of them, have been out there in the public domain during the election process, people weighed them in their decision making process, and I do trust the people. At the end of the day I think that is the best wisdom, collectively, that can be deployed and we’ll see how that proceeds going forward,” Reed said.
Reed did applaud NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for her work on bringing sexual assault and harassment into the open, but would not comment on a message by President Trump on Twitter Tuesday morning that was critical of New York’s junior senator, with some saying it crossed the line with crude sexual innuendo.
On Tuesday the president tweeted that Gillibrand was a “total flunky” for Sen. Chuck Schumer, and also discussed campaign contributions, saying Gillibrand would “do anything for them.”
The White House has already said there was no intended innuendo in the statement, and the President was simply describing the deal making that is common place in politics when candidates are seeking donations for their campaign.