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Politics McConnell Says Moore Must Step Aside If Allegations True

21:25  09 november  2017
21:25  09 november  2017 Source:   rollcall.com

'Mary Was a Teenager.' Alabama Republican Uses Jesus to Defend Roy Moore

  'Mary Was a Teenager.' Alabama Republican Uses Jesus to Defend Roy Moore While some Republicans at the national level spoke out against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Thursday in the wake of allegations that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old when he was in his 30s, Republicans from his own state seemed to have a different view — with one citing Jesus’ parents to defend Moore’s alleged behavior. “Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler told the Washington Examiner on Thursday. Four women have told the Washington Post that Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was an adult. The women were between the ages of 14 and 18, while Moore was in his 30s at the time, according to the Post. Leigh Corfman, the woman who was 14 when she says Moore approached her, told the Post that Moore touched her over her bra and underwear and guided her hand to his underwear. The other three women did not have sexual contact that went beyond kissing. Moore denied the allegations on Thursday, saying they are “completely false” and a “desperate political attack.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Moore must step aside if the allegations are true, and Sen. John McCain went further, calling on Moore to “immediately step aside.” Ziegler, on the other hand, said the allegations were “much ado about nothing.” “There is nothing to see here,” the Alabama official told the Examiner.

“If these allegations are true , he must step aside ,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. Leigh Corfman said she was approached by Moore in 1979 outside an Alabama courtroom in Etowah County and exchanged numbers with him.

Now the White House says President Trump believes Moore will 'do the right thing and step aside ' if there's any truth to the Post story. '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.

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." McConnell was seen on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon talking to Alabama's incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who Moore defeated in the GOP primary.

“If these allegations are true , he must step aside ,” McConnell said in a statement Thursday. “I believe the women, yes,” McConnell said , adding that he believes Moore should “ 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.

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.

"If these allegations are true , he must step aside ," McConnell said . Gardner's statement echoed that from McConnell . “The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling,” he said .

Following the report, McConnell said in a statement, “If these allegations are true , he must step aside .” “I believe the women, yes,” McConnell said , adding that he believes Moore must step aside .

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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