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Two Republican Senators Defy Trump, Call For Investigation Into Latest Rape Allegation Against The President

In a surprise move, two Republican senators have split from their colleagues in calling for a criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s alleged rape of the author E Jean Carroll.

Ms. Carroll, a columnist for Elle magazine, claims the Trump forced himself on her in a changing room at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman department store in the 1990s.

She describes a “colossal struggle” in which Mr. Trump entered her “halfway – or completely, I’m not certain”.

Trump insisted the incident “never happened” and that Carroll was “not my type”; a defense he has used against previous sexual assault allegations.

Republican senator Mitt Romney called for an “evaluation” into the claims, though he failed to make clear who should conduct it.

“Whether it’s Congress or whether it’s another setting, I’m not sure,” he told CNN on Wednesday. “It’s a very serious allegation. I hope that it is fully investigated.,” he added.

Another Senator, Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), said Ms. Carroll was right to come forward with the allegation.

“Obviously, there has to be some additional information about this allegation. Investigators need to interview her. They need to visit with him,” she told CNN, according to The Independent.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, more than a dozen women accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. Trump has denied the allegations and said the women are lying.

Ms. Carroll told CNN: “With all the 16 women who have come forward, it’s the same – he denies it, he turns it around, he attacks, and he threatens. Then everybody forgets it, and then the next woman comes along. And I am sick of it. We have to change this culture of sexual violence.”

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