Some in GOP heed call to return Wynn money, post-allegations

Billionaire Steve Wynn quits as Republican finance chief amid sexual assault claims

RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, who led the criticism of the DNC over the Weinstein allegations, issued a one-paragraph statement Saturday saying she had accepted Wynn's resignation as RNC finance chairman.

The firm said on Friday it would form a special committee consisting exclusively of independent directors to investigate the claims against Mr Wynn.

"That being said, it is important we take these allegations seriously and allow the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to conduct a thorough investigation", he added. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Friday it is launching a review following the allegations published by the Journal. Mrs. Wynn was ousted from the Wynn Resorts Board following her divorce from Mr. Wynn in 2010. The detailed report relies on interviews with dozens of people who corroborate a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct with female employees.

Steve Wynn has also denied the allegations and claimed that the allegations are all part of a ploy by his former wife.

"The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous", Wynn said in a statement that Wynn Resorts sent to media outlets Friday. "We reached out to the Gaming Commission and told them they needed to do a review of this as quickly and as thoroughly as they possibly could, and if the allegations turn out to be true, then yeah, Wynn would fail to meet the suitability standard under the state gaming law". "It is deplorable for anyone to find themselves in this situation", Wynn said.

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Though the company and Wynn have vehemently denied the allegations, the company's board said a committee of independent directors would investigate the allegations.

Wynn has given more than $1.5 million to the RNC and other campaign committees in the past five years. DeLeo said lawmakers did not discuss what happens if someone is deemed unsuitable after a license is granted. "I'm really glad the Republican National Committee stepped back and he stepped down". He also thanked US President Donald Trump for the job.

Wynn's resignation comes after a day of questions directed at McDaniel and other prominent Republicans about how the party would handle Wynn's role, his personal donations and his fundraising efforts given the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

The RNC, which was quick to attack the Democrat party for having accepted donations from film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been the subject of numerous accusations of predatory sexual behaviour, made no comment on the WSJ's allegations. "And it'd be hard to go into the next RNC meeting with this hanging out there", former RNC chairman Michael Steele said, according to the Washington Post.

Wynn has been a prolific Republican donor, contributing more than $600,000 to GOP causes past year, according to the Federal Election Commission.

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