Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the party will return donations it received from Steve Wynn if an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the casino mogul shows wrongdoing.
“The allegations in the Wall Street Journal were deeply troubling. They were so troubling that within 24 hours, Steve was no longer our finance chair. But Steve has denied these allegations,” McDaniel told Fox News on Tuesday. “Unlike Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken and others, Steve has denied them."
“There is an investigation that is going to take place," she said. "He should be allowed due process, and if he is found of any wrongdoing, we will absolutely return 100 percent of that money. But we're going to let due process take place.”
Several women who worked at Wynn’s Las Vegas properties accused him of sexual misconduct spanning decades, including pressuring them to perform sexual acts and touching them inappropriately.
Wynn has denied the allegations against him and said the accusations were the work of his ex-wife, Elaine Wynn.
A major GOP donor, Wynn served as the finance chairman of the RNC until Saturday, when he resigned the post. He has donated to many Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, and party organizations like the Republican Governors Association and the RNC.
Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary and a longtime RNC official, said Monday the party should return funds it received from Wynn, and many of the lawmakers and groups who received money from him or Wynn Resorts have either given back donations they’ve received or donated the funds to other charities.
But McDaniel said the RNC will allow an investigation into his behavior take place before making a decision on his contributions.
“We’re going to let the investigation take place,” she said. “We took the allegations seriously enough to remove him as finance chair and now we are moving forward.”
After sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood film producer and major Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein were brought to light last year, the RNC pressured their Democratic counterpart to return donations it received from him.
“Still no word from DNC on returning all of Harvey Weinstein’s donations…” the RNC tweeted in October.
Still no word from DNC on returning all of Harvey Weinstein's donations...— GOP (@GOP) October 10, 2017
“During the three decades' worth of sexual harassment allegations, Harvey Weinstein lined the pockets of Democrats to the tune of three quarters of a million dollars,” McDaniel said at the time. “If the Democrats and DNC truly stand up for women like they say they do, then returning this dirty money should be a no brainer.”