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Journalism Professor Supports People Writer’s Claims Against Trump Paul McLaughlin said Natasha Stoynoff called him after the sexual assault occurred.
10/15/2016 01:29 pm ET | Updated 6 hours ago
Daniel Marans Reporter, Huffington Post
Donald Trump has strongly denied allegations of sexual assault. But now someone has stepped forward to corroborate an accuser’s account.

A Canadian journalist and professor is backing up People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff’s claim that Donald Trump aggressively forced himself on her during a 2005 interview.

The professor, Paul McLaughlin, said Stoynoff, a former student of his, called him after the incident and they discussed how to deal with it.

“She didn’t know what to do, she was very conflicted, she was angry, she was really confused about how to deal with this,” McLaughlin told CBC News.

After consulting with McLaughlin, Stoynoff decided that coming forward about Trump’s inappropriate advances would just be too risky after their conversation, according to McLaughlin.

“It was going to be a he said, she said,” McLaughlin told CBC News. “And we were talking about one of the most influential people in North America at the time. He was just flying high with ‘The Apprentice,’ he was aggressive, he was litigious.”

McLaughlin tweeted about their discussion as well.



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T'Rump is an egomaniacal Narsissist who imagined that he was immune....because he had grown up as a spoiled brat and had used his inherited wealth and the power it gave him to be an out of control serial sexual predator, going around assaulting any women he found 'hot' and nearby and unprotected, he just assumed that all that would somehow never catch up to him.....and it worked, unfortunately, for decades.......until he decided, in a burst of almost unimaginable egotistic stupidity, to run for President.....one of the most highly scrutinized job applications in the world!


He brought this on himself and he richly deserves everything that is going to happen to him now......hopefully maybe even spending some time in prison for his sexual assaults. See T'Rump belongs in The Big House...not The White House


All previous Presidential candidates have done what they call "opposition research"....which, as most people would assume, involves digging into your opponent's background to see if there is anything there that might be damaging to him or her, or difficult to explain...but it also always has included running the same kind of searches and investigations into yourself....just to see what your opponent is going to be able to dig up on you, so that you can get yourself prepared to deal with it. Getting blindsided by unsavory stuff in your past can be fatal to a political campaign, as T'Rump is discovering now. When he took the nomination and got access to all of the RNC national campaign staff and experience, his campaign staffers were horrified when he repeatedly refused permission to do the usual research on himself. They knew this kind of thing could happen. I think he knew, deep down inside, in the black swamp that passes for his heart, what despicable ugliness they might find but he idiotically hoped/assumed no one else would find it.


Indepependent third part corroboration of the accounts of his criminal behavior, like that in the OP, that are starting to come out now as all these women come forward (women who did generally talk about his assault on them at the time it happened, with their family, friends and/or co-workers) will play a big part in any possible decision to put him on trial at some point for his sexual assault crimes



Trump Said to Block Campaigns Requests to Do Self-Opposition Research

The decision contributed to his campaign being caught unprepared for the past weeks barrage of claims he mistreated women.


Kevin Cirilli

October 13, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rebuffed political aides' requests to research his past, people familiar with the matter said, a decision that contributed to his campaign being caught unprepared for the past week's barrage of claims he mistreated women.



Corey Lewandowski, then-campaign manager for Donald Trump, listens during a campaign event in Albany, New York, on April 11, 2016. -- Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg


Corey Lewandowski, Trump's first campaign manager, requested that Trump submit himself to a forensic evaluation that is traditional for any public figure seeking office, according to people granted anonymity to speak freely about the campaigns start-up days last year. Opposition research would allow Trump's new political team to prepare for potential attacks on his candidacy.


Paul Manafort and his team made a similar request when they took over the reins after Lewandowski, who was ousted this June.


Trump declined, the people said, and the issue became a point of contention among his closest political advisers and some long-time employees at the Trump Organization. Trump spokespeople Jason Miller and Hope Hicks didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.


Now, Trump is fighting an onslaught of scrutiny of his behavior toward women, less than one month before voters cast final judgment on him and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Some of the scrutiny is a result of Trump's own words, including in a 2005 video that surfaced Friday where he bragged about being able to do "anything" to women because of his fame.


Both the New York Times and People magazine reported fresh allegations Wednesday from women who say Trump touched them inappropriately, without their consent. The candidate has flatly denied all accusations, tweeting that the incidents never happened.


Trump Tower Huddle


Roger Stone and Michael Cohen, two of Trumps earliest advisers, also advocated for a forensic research effort to be conducted when Trump was considering running for governor, but Trump declined.


In the months before Trump announced his presidential candidacy in June 2015, Lewandowski huddled with a small team of aides in Trump Tower to prepare for his candidacy. They knew early on that Trump would rely on an abundance of free media and utilize his celebrity appeal to bolster crowd sizes that they anticipated would dwarf a packed Republican field of candidates. His unpredictability, they argued, would be an asset.


But they also recognized it would be a liability. His new political team wondered about the secrets that might be lurking in the real-estate developer and TV personalitys past -- beyond the pages of New York City tabloids, where the candidate, who is now 70, was a regular feature for his entire adult life.


Republican National Committee officials conducted opposition research on Trump and the other members of the GOP field, one of the people familiar with the matter said, but the results yielded nothing substantial. There was no mention, for example, of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape that the Washington Post first reported last week, sending Trump's campaign into crisis.


Lewandowski, according to people familiar with the matter, did prepare research regarding Trump's positions on the Iraq War (Trump has said he opposed the war from the beginning, though he said in a radio interview prior to the invasion that he supported the war). Lewandowski also researched how to respond to criticism during the Republican primary that Trump had given money to Democrats.


Trump's decision not to bless a full opposition research effort about himself was seen inside the campaign as one of the first in a series of unconventional decisions that Trump would make. Indeed, while Trump's inner circle has gone through various iterations, his political advisers still do not know the extent of the material his opponents may have prepared to mount against him.


"I dont know whats out there," said Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who took the job this August, on Fox News on Wednesday. "There's no way for me to know what is and isn't out there."

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