WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Monday called on President Trump to resign because of sexual misconduct allegations that emerged in his campaign more than a year ago.
"President Trump should resign," the New York Democrat told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview. "These allegations are credible; they are numerous. I've heard these women's testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking."
If Trump doesn't resign immediately, Congress "should have appropriate investigations of his behavior and hold him accountable," Gillibrand said.
Gillibrand's call for Trump's resignation came days after three other potential Democratic presidential candidates in 2020 — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon — said Trump should quit.
Gillibrand's comments came a day after UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said the women who accused Trump of sexual misbehavior "should be heard."
"Not only should women be heard, but they should be believed," Gillibrand said.
At least 13 women came forward with such accusations against Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, and three of them held a press conference in New York on Monday to bring new attention to the issue.
One of them, a former Miss USA contestant named Samantha Holvey, went on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" show Monday to air her grievances.
“I put myself out there for the entire world, and nobody cared,” Holvey told Kelly.
But in her interview with CNN, Gillibrand said Congress ought to show some interest in the allegations if Trump won't resign.
"Whether he will ever hold himself accountable is something you can't really hold your breath for," Gillibrand said. "And so Congress should have hearings, they should do their investigations, they should have appropriate investigations of his behavior and hold him accountable."
Last week, Gillibrand and five other Democratic women senators simultaneously called on Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, to resign because of allegations that he touched or kissed several women inappropriately.
That prompted a flood of other Democrats to say Franken should resign, and the Minnesota senator — who was also viewed as a possible 2020 presidential contender — announced a day later that he would quit.
Gillibrand long has been a leader in the fight against sexual harassment, sponsoring legislation aimed at combating such inappropriate behavior in the military and on college campuses.