Target: Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney General
Goal: Open a federal investigation into sexual assault claims against Donald Trump.
With the FBI recently announcing a new review of Hillary Clinton’s emails, the suspense around the 2016 election is growing ever thicker. Both candidates carry a healthy dose of scandal, and neither appears overly trustworthy in the public eye. Still, one question looms large on this writer’s brain, especially in light of Hillary’s latest troubles over her email charade — why hasn’t Donald Trump been investigated or prosecuted for the claims of sexual assault and misconduct made against him now by at least six different women?
Although most of the allegations have to do with incidents that took place quite some time ago, there could still be recourse for federal prosecution, according to Elura Nanos from Law Newz. Jessica Leeds, one of the first women to come forward accusing Donald Trump of sexual assault, recalled an incident between herself and Mr. Trump which happened 30 years ago on an airplane. The setting of this event places it under federal jurisdiction, and there is no federal statue of limitations for sexual assault — meaning a perpetrator may be tried and punished at any time. The greatest obstacle to justice on sexual assault cases is that they are notoriously difficult to prove. The victim’s word is often the main, if not the only, form of evidence. Still, with the comments constantly streaming from Trump’s mouth and Twitter account, the recently leaked video featuring Billy Bush, and the sheer number of women who have come forward accusing him of various forms of sexual misconduct, it isn’t difficult to believe that the victims could be telling the truth.
Email security is certainly an important issue, especially when state secrets are involved. Sexual assault, however, is every bit as important, regardless of who is involved. The FBI investigation on Clinton’s emails is sure to cloud some voters’ opinions, so close to the election. Lest we forget, Hillary is not the only candidate to have put a toe on the wrong side of the law — only hers were not direct violations of human rights, and unlike Donald Trump, she has owned up to her mistakes, apologized, and made every promise that it will not happen again. If it takes a criminal investigation for Trump to even come close to doing any of these things, then the Justice Department should not hesitate to launch one. Add your voice to demand a full investigation into sexual assault allegations made against Donald Trump.
Dear Madam Attorney General,
I am writing to support an investigation on Donald Trump for allegations of sexual misconduct. Justice, I believe, has been skewed thus far in this presidential election. Hillary Clinton has cooperated with investigations into her email scandal, and despite the conclusion in July that she had done nothing to warrant prosecution, Donald Trump has never once let the issue rest. Meanwhile, the women who have come forward accusing Trump of sexual assault and misconduct on so many different counts have been callously swept under the rug by his campaign.
Sexual assault is a very serious offense — more serious, some would argue, than email security. I understand that sexual assault cases are often difficult to prove, without more evidence than the testimony of the victim. However, I find the way Trump and his supporters are denouncing and discrediting these women to be appalling. If the Justice Department were to take this seriously by opening investigations, the American people would have to reckon with the fact that one of our presidential candidates may well be a sexual predator.
As long as we’re getting tough on potentially unlawful activities of candidates, let’s make sure we have our priorities straight. I believe that Donald Trump should be investigated and, if the findings justify it, criminally prosecuted for any and all sexual crimes he may have committed.
[Your Name Here]
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