Politics McConnell Says Moore Must Step Aside If Allegations True

21:25  09 november  2017
21:25  09 november  2017 Source:   Roll Call

Ryan: Roy Moore allegations 'disqualifying if true'

  Ryan: Roy Moore allegations 'disqualifying if true' Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) responded to allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) on Thursday, saying the allegations are "disqualifying if true." "These allegations are disqualifying if true. Anyone who would do this to a child has no place in public office, let alone the United States Senate," Ryan said in a statement.In a bombshell report in The Washington P ost on Thursday, Moore was accused of having inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl in 1979 when he was 32.Leigh Corfman, now 53, said Moore asked for her phone number and the pair met later on two separate occasions.

"If these allegations are true , he must step aside ," McConnell said . He also called the reports "very disturbing." Other Republican senators were quick to call for Moore to step aside , if the allegations are true .

Alabama Senate frontrunner Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, sitting Republican senators are saying Moore should “ step aside ” — if the reports are true . “If these allegations are true , he must step aside ," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said .

Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore is questioned by the media in the Capitol on October 31, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) © Provided by CQ Roll Call, Inc. Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore is questioned by the media in the Capitol on October 31, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, according to The Washington Post.

Leigh Corfman said she was approached by Moore outside an Alabama courtroom in Etowah County and later exchanged numbers with him.

He picked her up and kissed her, she said. In another encounter, Corfman said Moore took off his clothes and undressed her while she touched his underwear.

Romney says he believes Roy Moore's accuser, calls on Senate candidate to step aside

  Romney says he believes Roy Moore's accuser, calls on Senate candidate to step aside <p>Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor, weighed in on Friday on the sexual misconduct allegations facing Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore.</p>"Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore," Romney wrote on Twitter. "Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.

BREAKING: "If these allegations are true , he must step aside ," Senate Majority Leader McConnell says of Senate If allegations against Roy Moore are true , "he absolutely should" step aside as a Senate candidate, Sen. John Cornyn isn’t actually calling for Moore to step aside , like the others

“If these allegations are true , he must step aside ,” McConnell said in a statement Thursday afternoon. John McCain called the allegations “deeply disturbing and disqualifying,” calling on Moore to “immediately step aside .”

“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she told the Post.

Two of Corfman’s friends said she told them.

"If these allegations are true, he must step aside," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday.

Three other women came forward and said Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18, but none of them said they were forced into sexual contact.

Moore vehemently denied the allegations.

“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” he said.

Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said “no comment” after the news broke. SLF spent money opposing Moore in the Alabama primary but backed him after he won that contest.

Alabama poll: Moore and Jones tied following scandal

  Alabama poll: Moore and Jones tied following scandal Embattled Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore is tied with Democrat Doug Jones in a new poll on Friday, one day after accusations surfaced that Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago. Moore and Jones are tied at 46 percent in the new poll by Decision Desk and Opinion Savvy, with 82 percent of respondents aware of the new allegations leveled by named accusers in The Washington Post.In RealClearPolitics's average of polls, which does not yet include the new poll, Moore is leading by 6 points. All of those polls were taken before the allegations of Moore's sexual conduct were reported.

"If these allegations are true , he must step aside ," McConnell said . Gardner's statement echoed that from McConnell . “If these allegations are found to be true , Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to withdraw from the race if allegations are substantiated that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl almost four decades ago. McConnell said the allegations are “very disturbing.”

Republican Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., reacted to the news.

“You know I had just heard that there was some news, I haven’t had a chance to see it, obviously this is a real concern but before I would comment further I would have to see what the facts are, what actually happened,” Hoeven told reporters as he re-entered the GOP luncheon where senators huddled on taxes.

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Moore accuses McConnell of trying to 'steal' special election from him .
Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore on Thursday again insisted he will not step down from the race amid allegations of sexual misconduct that have piled up against him in recent days, saying that calls for him to leave the race are part of an attempt to "steal" the election from him.Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore on Thursday again insisted he will not step down from the race amid allegations of sexual misconduct that have piled up against him in recent days, saying that calls for him to leave the race are part of an attempt to "steal" the election from him.

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