Top Republicans respond to Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations

Top Republicans respond to Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations

The information was in a filing to the Federal Election Commission on Friday.

Jones' campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Post story.

Moore has been defiant, insisting he would not quit the race for the December 12 special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former seat.

"If it's true, the Republican Party doesn't have any place for pedophiles and he should step down immediately", said Josh Holmes, a McConnell confidant and his former chief of staff. "Steve Bannon is responsible", he added about the McConnell foil and former White House chief strategist, for enabling candidates such as Moore who are out of the GOP mainstream.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "If these allegations are true, he must step aside".

Alabama Republican Roy Moore is vehemently denying a Washington Post report alleging decades-old sexual misconduct with minors.

Not only do these allegations call in to questions Moore's fitness to serve in the Senate, but they could also complicate Republicans' massive tax reform push.

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Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks at the Values Voter Summit of the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, U.S. October 13, 2017.

Bannon is calling the Post an "apparatus of the Democratic Party" and notes it was among the first to report the "Access Hollywood" tape that caught Trump using sexually predatory language in 2005.

"I wanted it over with - I wanted out", she said of the incident.

"Right now there is a lot of accusations being made against a lot of people", said Randall Mccaffrey.

"Well, I think most of the people in the state of Alabama would be very disappointed if someone who had been alleged to have engaged in that type of activity, had been proven that they had engaged in that activity, was continuing to represent them in any formal capacity", Merrill said.

Three other womensaid that Moore asked them on dates when they were between the ages of 16 to 18, and that when two of them actually went on the dates, it never went beyond kissing.

Defiant as ever, Moore himself issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle". But removing the endorsement is a kind of middle ground, telling voters that they can still vote for Moore if they wish - but the GOP no longer recommends him.

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Moore has called the accusations "garbage".

Moore says he refuses to repeat their lies, and he's counting on the help of "God-fearing conservatives like you to stand with me at this critical moment". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have also said Moore should quit the race if the allegations are true.

"These allegations are completely false and misleading", Moore told Sean Hannity on Hannity's syndicated radio show, "The Sean Hannity Show", on Friday afternoon. This decision cuts off fundraising in both directions, but given the news of the last 24 hours, the NRSC is probably assuming that they wouldn't see much revenue on this stream.

And the Alabama secretary of state's office reported that it's too late to remove his name from the ballot.

Several state Republicans suggested Thursday that the party is unlikely to disqualify Moore. "If this was a habit, like you've read with Bill Cosby and millions of dollars paid to settle cases and years of witnesses, that would be one thing", Henry said.

The accusations were made in a report in The Washington Post on Thursday.

Those senators are: Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Tom Cotton of Arizona, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, and Richard Shelby of Alabama.

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