DeVos Acknowledges Trump Described Sexual Assault In Lewd 2005 Tape

AP

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Education, acknowledged during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday night that the President-elect described sexual assault in the 2005 Access Hollywood tape.

In the tape, which surfaced in October, Trump bragged about grabbing women by the genitals and kissing them without permission.

During the confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) described Trump’s comments on the tape and asked DeVos if she would consider kissing and touching girls without consent in a school to be sexual assault.

“Yes,” DeVos replied.

Murray then asked if DeVos could commit not to rein in the Office of Civil Rights and its efforts to protect students from campus sexual assault. DeVos replied that she would look closely at the issue.

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) also quizzed DeVos on campus sexual assault during the hearing, but DeVos avoided saying whether she would use current guidelines to fight sexual assault on college campuses.

Watch the clip from the hearing via CNN:

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