McConnell Says Roy Moore Should Step Aside: 'I Believe the Women'
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Mitch McConnell called for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step aside after allegations that he pursued sexual relationships with underage girls.
"I believe the women, yes," the Senate majority leader told reporters on Monday.
Moore was accused by four women last week of pursuing sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers. The youngest was only 14 when Moore, a 32-year-old district attorney, sexually assaulted her, she said.
Moore has denied the allegations, calling them a desperate attempt by Democrats to derail his Senate campaign. He has threatened to sue the Washington Post, who published the women's stories.
Moore responded by saying McConnell is the one who should step aside:
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 13, 2017
Democratic candidate Doug Jones said his campaign had nothing to do with the bombshell revelations, calling the idea "another in a continuing pattern of absurd statements" by Moore.Article continues below
The National Republican Senate Committee is no longer fundraising for Moore, and a slew of GOP senators have also called for Moore to abandon his Senate bid in the December 12 election
Sen. John McCain called the reports "deeply disturbing and disqualifying," and senators Bill Cassidy and Steve Daines have also abandoned Moore.
Sen. Mike Lee said he could no longer support Moore after hearing the description of the incidents and the campaign's response.
Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from Judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) November 10, 2017