On Friday (Jan. 8), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) will introduce a bill that seeks to revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom, which President George W. Bush awarded to him in 2002.
Gosar's legislation "would call for President Barack Obama to revoke the medal...affirm his legal capacity to do so, and bring criminal penalties against anyone displaying the medal after having it revoked," Reuters reports.
At the crux of the bill is Cosby's admission under oath that in 2005, he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of drugging young women in order to sleep with them.
"Revoking Bill Cosby's Medal of Freedom won't undo his actions or heal the wounds of his victims but it will signal to the American people that we will not tolerate such lewd behavior," Gosar said.
At a press conference in July, President Obama addressed the question of revoking Cosby's Medal of Freedom. He told reporters that there's "no precedent for revoking a medal" and that "we don't have that mechanism."
"I'll say this: If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape. And I think this country — any civilized country — should have no tolerance for rape," he added.