White House urges Moore to leave Senate race if sex allegations true

White House urges Moore to leave Senate race if sex allegations true

Mr. Moore, 70, the state's former chief judge, vehemently denied the allegations, calling them "completely false and a desperate political attack".

"Like most Americans, the president believes we can not allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person's life", Ms. Sanders said.

First and foremost, the allegations are serious in nature on their own and have raised questions about Moore's fitness for office, with a slew of Republican senators saying Moore should leave the race if the allegations are true. "I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl".

Senators like Mitch McConnell, Lisa Murkowski, and Ted Cruz called for him to step aside if the allegations are true. A previous Opinion Savvy survey back at the end of September gave Moore a five-point lead, so the shift isn't particularly large.

"I dont know Ms. Corfman from anybody, I've never talked to her, never met with her..."

Specifically, Romney referred to Leigh Corfman's allegations, made to the Washington Post, about her 1979 meeting with Moore when she was 14, in which she alleged he drove her to his home in the woods, removed his clothing, told her to do the same, and then began touching her sexually.

In an extensive report published Thursday, The Post detailed the allegations against Moore by the then-14-year-old and three other girls who were between the ages of 16 and 18 when they said the incidents occurred.

Reuters was unable to independently confirm the allegations. It would achieve two goals - distancing themselves from Moore, and (theoretically, at least) opening up the potential for a successful write-in campaign for Luther Strange.




The results also suggested that a write-in campaign by another Republican could tip the seat to Democrats - a prospect that once seemed far-fetched in deep-red Alabama. Jeff Sessions to serve as the USA attorney general. To Romney, the allegations are bad enough.

Moore's campaign did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment about the NRSC's decision to abandon the race. The Senate's GOP leader said if the report is shown to be true, Moore must step aside.

Henry said he believes Moore's accusers have been stoked by the Democratic Party and may be paid money eventually for their actions. When I asked Congressman Kevin Cramer about Moore's problems he said he didn't know much about them, a claim which (as I wrote in my column) strains credulity.

Steve Bannon is slamming The Washington Post as part of the "opposition party" after the newspaper reported allegations of sexual misconduct by Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Nevertheless, he said Democrats would seize on the scandal to boost fund-raising.

The intensity of the reaction may partly reflect lingering bad feelings from the primary contest between unusual and Moore, held in late September.

The race exposed rifts between the Republican Party's conservative base and its Washington-based establishment.

The White House says President Donald Trump believes Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore "will do the right thing and step aside" if sexual misconduct allegations against him are true. He has condemned homosexuality and said he believes some U.S. communities are living under Islamic religious law.

"Moore rose to fame after he refused to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments he'd had placed in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building".

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