On Thursday, GOP nominee Donald Trump “aggressively” pushed back against recently reported claims of sexual abuse by multiple women, Politico reported, promising to produce evidence “very soon.”
“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false,” Trump said at a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida. “And the Clintons know it, and they know it very well. These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction, and they’re outright lies. These events never, ever happened and the people that said them meekly fully understand.”
Trump continued, calling the allegations “preposterous” and “ludicrous.” “We already have substantial evidence to dispute these lies, and it will be made public in an appropriate way and at an appropriate time, very soon,” he added.
Meanwhile, social media has lit up with questions and claims regarding at least one of the women accusing Trump.
One tweet making its way on Twitter, for example, claims that Jessica Leeds, one of the accusers, has the same phone number as the Clinton Foundation:
But a careful look at the photo on the left shows the last four numbers are blurred out. While her phone number may have the same prefix as the controversial organization, it’s not known what the last four numbers may be — assuming the information presented is even correct.
Another tweet claimed Leeds works for the Clinton Foundation:
— ChristWins (@GumboInOrleans) October 13, 2016
We did a little digging and found the page where this was captured.
As it turns out, that image was taken from the Summer 2014 newsletter of Altrusa International’s New York Club, and can be seen here. And yes, a Jessica Leeds was listed as “Secretary,” but not of the Clinton Foundation.
We were unable to find any connection between Altrusa and the Clinton Foundation, even after searching the websites of both groups. That doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t a connection — just that we didn’t find one in our research.
There’s also questions being raised about the account itself, and its similarity to another story of sexual abuse.
Does all this mean there’s no “there,” there? No. It does mean, however, that more careful research needs to be done, and accurate information presented.
After all, there’s more than enough garbage out there to fill a few landfills at this point. If we find something, we’ll let you know — stay tuned.
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