Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Coburn 'troubled' by Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's 'trial in the press'

Coburn 'troubled' by Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's 'trial in the press'

Roy Moore's political future should remain in the hands of the voters of Alabama, columnist and commentator Jeffrey Lord told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

Asked whether his campaign was in touch with Moore's alleged victims, Jones said, "I'm exhausted of people blaming this campaign".

Jones largely downplayed the allegations of misconduct against Moore during a brief press conference.

House Speaker Paul Ryan joined the pile of congressional Republican saying Moore should drop out.

Sessions made the comment under questioning Tuesday by Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

Multiple women have said that Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers while he was in his 30s.

Roy Moore has denied the allegations, and has showed no indication that he intends to bow out of the race. Sessions, a former Alabama senator and still one of the GOP's most influential voices in the state, didn't rule out a Justice Department probe of the allegations, telling the House Judiciary Committee, "We will evaluate every case as to whether or not it should be investigated".

McConnell said later in the day that Sessions, who left the Senate seat to become attorney general, would be a plausible write-in candidate.

The sharply contrasting reactions coming out of Washington and Alabama underscore the challenge Republican leaders face as they try to force Moore out of the race and enlist a candidate who can defeat his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, so neither of the current candidates winds up joining the Senate. 51% of the undecided vote said they were undecided or that the allegations made no difference to their vote.

One man says he's a lifelong Republican but "just can't" vote for Moore.

The election is December 12.

Al Moore told Riales that he is in no way related to Roy Moore, even though they share the same last name. Post spokeswoman Molly Gannon Conway called the accusation "categorically false", adding that The Post has "an explicit policy that prohibits paying sources".

They were the latest blows to Moore's effort to win an open Senate seat that suddenly seems up for grabs.

"These new allegations and the corroborating evidence are incredibly disturbing", Hawley said.

Last week, The Washington Post reported other alleged incidents decades ago.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in all-out warfare with Moore, said there'd be conversations about the anti-establishment firebrand after Trump returns Tuesday night from Asia. Moore says McConnell should leave his post because he's disappointed conservatives.

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