Politics Paul Ryan says Roy Moore "should step aside"

21:07  14 november  2017
21:07  14 november  2017 Source:   CBS News

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.

Paul Ryan on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Washington Republicans calling upon Roy “If he cares about the values and people he claims to care about then he should step aside .” John McCain, R-Ariz., said Moore “ should not be a United States senator, no matter what it takes.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan called for Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race amid new allegations from a fifth woman who says Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager. "He should step aside ," Ryan , R-Wis., told reporters on Tuesday.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Ryan and fellow Republicans were caught off guard by President Donald Trump's decision to make a deal with Congressional Democrats to raise the debt ceiling. © Getty speaker of the house paul ryan

Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore should drop out of the special election race in Alabama.

"He should step aside," the Wisconsin Republican said at a press conference with House GOP leaders when asked about Moore, who faces allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct involving women who were 14 years old and 16 years old at the time.

Ryan said that the allegations "are credible."

Watch: Fifth woman accuses Roy Moore of sexual misconduct

"If he cares about the values and the people who claims to care about, then he should step aside," he said.

A growing number of GOP senators have withdrawn support for Moore, who has remained defiant amid the accusations and has denied the charges.

Separately, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, announced that the House will vote Thursday on the House GOP tax bill.

Roy Moore writes open letter to Sean Hannity after Fox News host's ultimatum .
U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore published an open letter to Sean Hannity on Wednesday night pushing back against allegations of sexual abuse.In the letter, which came one night after Hannity said he would give Moore 24 hours to explain inconsistencies in how he has addressed the allegations before calling on him to step aside in the race, Moore suggested he was the victim of a political hit job.

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