Politics GOP senator joins calls for ethics probe if Moore wins Senate election

01:00  08 december  2017
01:00  08 december  2017 Source:   thehill.com

McConnell on if Moore should be in Senate: The people of Alabama will decide

  McConnell on if Moore should be in Senate: The people of Alabama will decide Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Sunday that the people of Alabama will decide whether GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore is elected. During an interview on ABC's "This Week," McConnell was asked whether he thinks Moore should be in the Senate."I'm going to let the people of Alabama make the call," McConnell said.He was pressed on whether he is prepared to take action if Moore is elected."The Ethics Committee will have to consider the matters that have been litigated in the campaign should that particular candidate win," he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Kentucky GOP chief: ‘Nobody likes’ Trump's tariffs on steel (R-Ky.) has also called for an immediate ethics investigation if Moore wins the Alabama special election , while National Republican Senate Committee.

Sen . Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said Thursday that if Roy Moore is elected to the Senate next week, there should be an ethics investigation into the sexual assault and misconduct TOPICS: Government; US: Alabama; US: North Carolina KEYWORDS: 115th; gop ; moore ; roymoore; senate ; thomtillis.

Listen: Alabama Senate race poses challenge for GOP, and today's latest news © Provided by The Hill Listen: Alabama Senate race poses challenge for GOP, and today's latest news Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said Thursday that if Roy Moore is elected to the Senate next week, there should be an ethics investigation into the sexual assault and misconduct allegations against him.

Tillis said on Buzzfeed's "AM to DM" Twitter morning show that he thinks an investigation should take place before the chamber moves to expel Moore or take other action.

"We need to examine the facts and let those facts lead us where they may," he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has also called for an immediate ethics investigation if Moore wins the Alabama special election, while National Republican Senate Committee Chairman Cory Gardner (Colo.) has called for his expulsion from the Senate.

With Trump’s support, Moore could gain influence in Washington

  With Trump’s support, Moore could gain influence in Washington The polarizing candidate for Senate, who has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward teenage girls, has divided GOP senators.The divergent attitudes toward Moore, who has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward teenage girls when he was in his 30s, underscored how polarizing a figure he would be among his party's national leaders if he wins the Dec. 12 special election.

The Hill - 15:44 PM ET December 07, 2017. Sen . Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said Thursday that if Roy Moore is elected to the Senate next week, there should be an ethics AM ET May 16, 2018 Pennsylvania senator and waste-hauling millionaire Scott Wagner wins GOP primary to challenge Democratic Gov.

Moore faces allegations from nearly 10 women who say he pursued them as teenagers when he was in his 20s and 30s, including multiple women who say he assaulted them.

Tillis originally called for Moore to withdraw from the race and said Thursday that he still stands by that position, but added that until Moore is under the jurisdiction of the Senate, the decision is in the hands of Alabama voters.

"There's Supreme Court precedent to say that we really don't have the authority to deny him being seated," he said. "But we do have jurisdiction over members, and we use an ethics investigation and then we look at what remedies come from that."

Tillis also criticized colleagues who have stood by Moore on the basis that he will help advance the GOP agenda.

Bannon rallies Republicans for Roy Moore in Alabama

  Bannon rallies Republicans for Roy Moore in Alabama Steve Bannon urged what he called a crowd of "a bunch of deplorables" Tuesday to back Republican former judge Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate special election. "You've seen what all the powers that be are talking about the last couple of weeks: Let the folks in Alabama decide for Alabama," Bannon said.

"Anyone that would say, 'Yeah, he's got problems but he's a Republican vote' really ought to rethink whether or not they should be in this institution," he said.

President Trump threw his support behind Moore this week, saying that Alabama can't have a "liberal person" like Democratic challenger Doug Jones in the Senate.

Following Trump's endorsement, the Republican National Committee (RNC) reinstated its support of Moore, giving $170,000 to the Alabama Republican Party to help the campaign, after originally distancing itself from the candidate.

Gardner, the chairman of the Senate GOP's campaign arm, broke with Trump and the RNC on Thursday, saying "we will never" endorse Moore.

Also Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) repeated his calls for Moore to drop out of the campaign, regardless of polls showing a tight race with Jones.

"I think he should have dropped out," Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference. "Just because the polling has changed doesn't change my opinion on that, so I stand by what I said before."


Alabama senator: 'Relieved' Moore lost Senate race .
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said on Wednesday that he is "relieved" GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore lost the Alabama race and won't be representing the Republican party in Congress. "Relieved? Yes that's a good word. I'm relieved and I believe a lot of Republicans are relieved that Roy Moore and some of his people aren't the face of the Republican party," he told reporters when asked if he was feeling any relief over Tuesday's election results.He added that Moore losing allows the state to avoid someone "radioactive" and "controversial" as their senator.

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