Ryan, Sessions Add To GOP Voices Saying Moore Accusers Are Credible
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There’s been considerably more fallout on Capitol Hill over the accusations by several women that Alabama Senate applicant Roy Moore made undesirable sexual contact with them if they were teens.
Speaker of the home Paul Ryan said in a news meeting on Tuesday that Moore “should stage aside” before after that month’s special election, signing up for the top Republican in the Senate, including Bulk Head Mitch McConnell, and several other GOP lawmakers in urging Moore quit the competition.
Ryan told reporters, “Number 1, these allegations are credible. Number two, if he cares about the values and the persons he claims to value, then he should stage aside.”
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Five women have now publicly accused Moore of making undesirable sexual advances. Moore has denied the accusations, and so far refused to remove himself from the campaign for the particular election planned for December 12th.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who vacated the seat that Moore is a good applicant for, was asked about the accusations at a residence Judiciary Committee hearing and said, “I’ve no reason to doubt these young women.”
Republicans fear the effect Moore’s candidacy may experience on other GOP prospects in next year’s midterm elections, but have few options available if Moore remains in the Alabama race.
Sessions features been floated as the most likely person to pull off a write-in candidacy because it is too late to remove Moore from the ballot prior to the Dec. 12 election. It isn’t at all apparent that Sessions would be interested in attempting to return to his old job.
The top of the Republican’s Senate campaign committee, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, has needed expelling Moore if he wins.
But there is no contemporary precedent for such a maneuver. It would first require an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee, and it’s really unclear if the panel would have any jurisdiction over a thing that took place before a Senator was elected.
Republicans acknowledge there may be no legal or perhaps constitutional basis to deny Moore a good seat in the Senate if he wins next month. President Trump has however to weigh in on the controversy encircling Moore. He arrives back Washington late Tuesday night from a trip through East Asia.