On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded to a question on the allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump by saying, “allegations should be treated seriously.” And that there has to be due process for individuals accused of misconduct.
During a discussion on sexual misconduct, anchor Maria Bartiromo pointed to the accusations against Trump and Alabama Republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore and asked Spicer if there were any updates on the accusations against Trump.
Spicer responded that he hasn’t heard “anything additionally in the last several months” about the accusations against Trump.
Bartiromo then asked, “Is this different. How is this — how might this be different?”
He answered, “Well, I think the only thing that makes it different, frankly, I think, — first of all, I would say that all allegations should be treated seriously. I think we can’t dismiss people who make those, but I also believe that we need to make sure that we do give people — we are a country of due process, and individuals need to make sure that they have an opportunity to confront their accusers, as in any court, as in any accusation that is made under our judicial system. So, I mean, we have to take a look at the individuals, but then we have a system of due process and to make sure that people can’t just be accused and be dismissed.”
Spicer continued that there is a difference between a private workplace and a legal matter, and “in cases where you have an elected official, in some cases, depending on what level of government it is, there are appropriate venues that that can be discussed in. So, in the case of the house or the Senate, there’s the House and Senate Ethics Committees. but ultimately, beyond those venues, then there’s obviously voters who get to make a decision whether or not the allegations that they feel have been made are — they have to weigh those in terms of how they’re going to vote for a particular individual. So, it’s not as clear-cut in the cases of elected officials, in the sense that, in a private company, just a matter of employment can be dealt with at the HR, then if that individual wants to look at civil activity, that’s their ability to pursue that, or criminal charges beyond that.”
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