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February 25, 2018

McConnell: Roy Moore should 'step aside' amid misconduct allegations

McConnell: Roy Moore should ‘step aside’ amid misconduct allegations

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came out with a forceful statement on Alabama…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came out with a forceful statement on Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore Monday, saying Moore should “step aside” amid growing allegations he pursued inappropriate relationships with teenage girls while he was in his 30s.

One of Moore’s accusers says she was just 14 at the time of the alleged relationship.


Speaking to reporters in Kentucky, McConnell said he “believes” the women featured in the Washington Post report. Previously McConnell had said Moore should step aside if the allegations were proven true. He added that a write-in effort by another candidate was a possibility.

“That’s an option we’re looking at … whether or not there is someone who can mount a write-in campaign successfully,” McConnell said. Asked specifically about current Sen. Luther Strange, the loser to Moore in a party primary, he said, “We’ll see.”

Neither Moore, nor his representatives have commented on Leader McConnell’s latest statement.

The Post report Thursday was based on interviews with more than 30 people. As well as the allegations that Moore had sexual contact with the then 14-year-old when he was aged 32, three other women also told The Post that Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

The woman who was 14 years old at the time claimed he took her to his house, undressed down to his underwear and undressed her down to her bra and underwear and touched her and moved her hand to touch his underwear, which could have been sexual offenses due to her age, but the statutes of limitations in effect during that time have passed.

None of the other three women told the Post that Moore sexually harassed, or assaulted them, or forced them into a relationship. Alabama’s legal age of consent is 16.

Moore has denied the allegations since they were published. He called the claims “completely false” Friday when appearing on Sean Hannity’s syndicated radio show. Moore has since threatened to sue the Post over the report.

“The Washington Post published another attack on my character and reputation because they are desperate to stop my political campaign. These attacks said I was with a minor child and are false and untrue — and for which they will be sued,” Moore said.

President Donald Trump, who is in Asia and said he was too busy to keep up with the news about Moore, referred to a prior statement given to reporters that said Trump believes Moore will “do the right thing…” if the allegations are true.

That did not sit well with some Moore supporters.

“I’m really upset at my own party for condemning him so quickly,” said Tom Byars, who came to hear Moore speak at the Mid-Alabama Republican Club at a library in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, on Saturday. “Even with the president, you know, he had some trouble, too, and he’s turned around and tried to condemn Roy Moore to step down?”

The Assocaited contributed to this report.

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McConnell: Roy Moore should ‘step aside’ amid misconduct allegations


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