Politics How Senate Republicans could stop Roy Moore from becoming a senator

18:54  14 november  2017
18:54  14 november  2017 Source:   vox.com

Two GOP senators withdraw Roy Moore endorsements after sexual misconduct allegations

  Two GOP senators withdraw Roy Moore endorsements after sexual misconduct allegations Two Republican senators have unendorsed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) following reported allegations of sexual misconduct against him. GOP Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) and Steve Daines (Mont.) both announced they would no longer endorse Moore for Senate on Friday night."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," Lee said in a statement.Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from J can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate.

On Moore , Senate Republicans have options — just no consensus. By Tara Golshan Nov 14, 2017, 10:30am EST. These calls are growing among Republican senators . Sens . John McCain (R-AZ) and Todd Young (R-IN) also joined in the call to expel Moore .

If nearly half of Senate Republicans join with all 48 Democratic senators , they could kick out the newest Alabama senator shortly after he takes a seat. Yes, the Senate can do that. But it's not easy, and it hasn't happened in a long time. Here's how it would work, as guided by Senate procedural

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he believed the allegations against Roy Moore for sexual misconduct pursuing minors. Then National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said the Senate should “expel” Moore.

“If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate,” Gardner said in a statement.

These calls are growing among the Republican senators. Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Todd Young (R-IN) also joined in the call to expel him. More Republicans are saying Moore should withdraw from the race — even suggesting Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), who lost to Moore in the primary, run as a write-in candidate. (Strange has said it’s highly unlikely he will.) Finally, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) — who recently dropped out of his own primary reelection over distaste for Trump — said Alabama voters should cast their votes for Democrat Doug Jones.

The Latest: Moore uses sex claims to raise money

  The Latest: Moore uses sex claims to raise money The Latest on the debate over Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, who faces allegations that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year old girl decades ago. (all times local):4:30 p.m.Alabama Republican Roy Moore is trying to raise money for his U.S. Senate race on allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s.Moore wrote in his fundraising pitch that "the vicious and sleazy attacks against me are growing more vicious by the minute." He told supporters that he's counting on them to stand with him by "chipping in a donation,"Moore4:30 p.m.

Roy Moore , the Republican nominee for a Senate seat in Alabama, spoke in Birmingham on Saturday. Senator John McCain of Arizona called the allegations against Mr. Moore “deeply disturbing and disqualifying.”CreditTom Brenner/The New York Times.

The Roy Moore saga gets worse every day. The allegations piling up against the Alabama Republican now include Moore , then the local DA Thus, as much as members of the Republican -controlled Senate would like to block Moore from becoming a senator , if he wins the election they will have no

Moore, who is now denying multiple first-person accounts of sexual assault and misconduct with teenage girls, has refused to step aside, instead saying the story is “false” and insisting he will sue the Washington Post, which broke the story.

But even mired in scandal, and with his national party turning against him, it’s still highly possible Moore could still win. The Alabama state GOP has rallied around him, and polls still show the former state Supreme Court judge in the lead.

Republicans have shown a willingness to look past a lot of Moore past actions. He’s previously questioned Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) position in Congress for being a Muslim, said he believes homosexuality should be illegal, and has twice been removed from his seat on Alabama’s top court for defying federal orders — and to all that Republicans said they could tolerate Moore as long as he was a team player.

Poll: Large majority believes Moore should drop out

  Poll: Large majority believes Moore should drop out Americans believe by a nearly three-to-one margin that Alabama Republican Roy Moore should drop out of the race for the state's Senate seat, according to a new poll released Tuesday. Sixty-three percent of Americans say that Moore should step aside amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. Only 23 percent surveyed believe he should stay in the race."Roy Moore has to go, say American voters," said Tim Mallow, assistant director of the Quinnipiac survey. "But the only voters who matter are in Alabama.

Roy S. Moore , a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, spoke after defeating Senator The outcome in the closely watched Senate race dealt a humbling blow to President Trump and It may also reveal just how reliably Republican the state has become in the quarter-century since a

If Mr. Moore is elected, Senate Republicans could express their unhappiness by moving to expel him from the chamber. That process requires a two-thirds The Constitution gives senators the power to refuse to seat someone only if they deem the election results invalid or the candidate to be unqualified

With the election less than a month away, there is a looming dilemma for Republicans that remains unresolved. Gardner’s idea about expelling Moore is likely the only real option they Congress has control over — and it would be a major moment in the history of the institution. Here’s how it would work.

The push to “expel” Moore isn’t unprecedented — just extremely rare

If Moore wins the election and the Senate successfully pursues and expulsion vote, Moore would become the 16th person to have been forcibly removed from the Senate.

It’s an authority granted to the Senate in the constitution: "Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member."

Meaning, following a review and recommendation from the Senate Ethics Committee, 67 senators would have to vote Moore out. Since Democrats would likely all support expelling Moore, 19 Republicans would have to join the effort for it to happen.

Roy Moore says he's being 'harassed' by the media

  Roy Moore says he's being 'harassed' by the media Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says he's being hounded by the news media over sexual allegations against him, while briefly addressing the controversy Tuesday night. "Why do you think they're giving me this trouble? Why do you think I'm being harassed by media and by people pushing allegations in the last 28 days of the election? ... After 40-something years of fighting this battle, I'm now facing allegations and that's all the press wants to talk about," Moore said while speaking at a church conference in Jackson, Alabama.

If nearly half of Senate Republicans join with all 48 Democratic senators , they could kick out the newest Alabama senator shortly after he takes a seat, something that hasn’t Roy Moore , the embattled Republican nominee for Alabama's open Senate seat, in Homewood, Ala., in an Aug.

The other Alabama senator , Republican Richard Shelby, also seems to be pushing for a Strange write-in campaign, saying Monday night that he found As much as Senate Republicans come out against Moore , the Senate candidate will do what he wants, even if it means tarnishing the GOP brand.

Such a vote hasn’t successfully passed since 1862, when Indiana Democrat Sen. Jesse Bright was expelled from the Senate for allegedly committing treason by writing a letter to “His Excellency, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederation of States.”

There have been 15 senators in United States history expelled from the Senate — 14 of whom supported the confederacy. Since, many have been considered for such an action. Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR) resigned in 1995 amid sexual harassment allegations, after being recommended for expulsion. Sen. Harrison Williams (D-NJ) resigned in 1982after being convicted for bribery in the Abscam scandal the year before, and Sen. Truman Newberry (R-MI), threatened with more legal action over an overturned campaign finance violation conviction, resigned after surviving an expulsion vote in the Senate.

Most recently, there have already been rumblings of an expulsion push against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) who is currently in trial for bribery charges.

Expulsion is a power McConnell has. As Ronald Krotoszynski Jr., a law professor at the University of Alabama, wrote for the New York Times, “on principle and precedent, Mr. McConnell’s choice is clear”:

Jeff Sessions isn't interested in returning to the Senate

  Jeff Sessions isn't interested in returning to the Senate Republicans are scrambling to figure out how to replace Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate raceAttorney General Jeff Sessions has no interest in returning to the Senate, sources close to him told CBS News on Wednesday.

More Republicans are calling on Roy Moore to end his Senate campaign, amid allegations that he How does that work, though? We break it down. 1. Can you expel a senator from office? According to the Senate , the last person to resign before he could be expelled was Robert Packwood of Oregon

Moore has few defenders among Republicans currently in the Senate . But lawmakers have taken varying stances on how far they'd go to stop him. How Every Republican Senator Has Responded to the Roy Moore Scandal.

To the extent that Mr. Moore is entitled to a defense against expulsion, the Senate could initiate fitness proceedings now, before the election, to ascertain whether the accusations against him are credible; alternately, it could suspend his swearing-in until after the investigative proceedings are concluded. If Mr. Moore chose to ignore them, the Senate could simply conclude that he lacks the character and fitness to serve — as Mr. Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, surely knows, failing to contest an adjudicative proceeding results in a default judgment.

For now, there have been a growing number of calls for action, but no definitive direction forward from Republican leadership.

So far, only one Republican has tried to stop Moore’s election by saying Alabamians should vote for the Democrat

While several, including McConnell, have suggested running a last-minute write-in Republican candidate in the race to oust Moore, Sen. Flake offered another option:

“If the choice is between Roy Moore and a Democrat, I would run to the polling place to vote for the Democrat,” Flake said Monday. He’s the only Republican to take that position so far.

Flake is a retiring senator who has made his exit a stand for morality and conservative values in the Republican Party. It’s a position a number of former — but not active — Republican officials took during the 2016 election, voting for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

How Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby plans to vote on Election Day

  How Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby plans to vote on Election Day "I'm not going to write myself in," said Shelby about the special election for Alabama's other senatorAlabama Senator Richard Shelby says he's planning to write-in a "distinguished Republican" for theAlabama Senate race amid growing sexual assault allegations against candidate Judge Roy Moore.

Republicans fear the options for keeping Roy Moore from the U.S. Senate are few and This concerns a number of Senate Republicans , who are wrestling with what can be done to stop him The Senate Ethics Committee recommended expulsion for abuse of his power as a senator "by

If Republicans could not stop an indecent neophyte from winning the presidency because they For Moore to become a Senator would signal to voters that the Republican party really has lost itself. How can someone be so ignorant to call out the person who reported it? Mind you she did not want

Others equated the moment to David Duke’s Republican senate and Louisiana gubernatorial campaigns in the 1990s. At the time, faced with a former Ku Klux Klansman at the top of the Republican ticket, eight Republican senators publicly called for the election to go to Democrat.

A year later, when Duke tried to run for governor, President George H. W. Bush just stopped short of an outright endorsement of the Democratic candidate:

“I have got to be careful, because I don't want to tell the voters of Louisiana how to cast their ballot ... When someone has a long record, an ugly record of racism and of bigotry, that record simply cannot be erased by the glib rhetoric of a political campaign. So I believe David Duke is an insincere charlatan. I believe he's attempting to hoodwink the voters of Louisiana, I believe he should be rejected for what he is and what he stands for.”

While unlikely, it’s not impossible for Democrat Doug Jones, a US attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, to win the race. Since the allegations, the polls have tightened, and Jones, running a centrist ticket, has campaigned on working with Republicans.

Even so, Republicans have already gone far lengths with Moore to avoid the election of a Democrat. And needless to say Moore remains popular with Trump’s biggest fans. Trump has not offered this directive.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to vote for Roy Moore in Senate race despite sex allegations .
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Friday that she will vote for beleaguered GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in next month's special election in the hope of preserving Republican control of Congress. Moore, a former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, has been accused of sexual misconduct toward several women who were in their teens when he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s.One of the women told The Washington Post that Moore tried to initiate a sexual encounter with her when she was 14. Another said Moore assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress after he offered to drive her home.

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