Senate Republican Leadership is calling for Roy Moore to withdraw as the GOP nominee for the Alabama Senate race, if allegations of inappropriate conduct are true, per The Hill. Moore is accused of having sexual conduct with a 14 year-old girl back in 1979. (source) 2:26 p.m. ET November 9, 2017
The allegations were brought forth by Leigh Corfman, who says that she was 14 when she was approached by an older man who introduced himself as Roy Moore. Moore, at the time, was the Assistant District Attorney in Alabama, and was 32 years-old. Moore sat with the girl outside of a courtroom, talking to her, and telling her mother that he would take care of her. Moore got her number, and eventually met up with the girl twice, allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with her the second time. She asked him to take her home, and he did. (source) 2:26 p.m. ET November 9, 2017
John McCain has issued a statement on Moore, saying that he should step down immediately. McCain calls the allegations “deeply disturbing” and that he should “immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.” (source) 2:47 p.m. ET November 9 2017
Moore has now released a statement on the matter in the form of an email to supporters, stating, “The forces of evil are on the march in our country…I have a duty to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war on our conservative values.” Moore went on to say “I refuse to stand down.” (source) 7:18 p.m. ET November 9, 2017
The White House has released a statement saying that President Trump believes Moore ‘will do the right thing and step aside’ if sexual misconduct allegations are true. (source) 12:47 a.m. ET November 10, 2017
Another woman has come forth to accuse Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was 16 years old. Beverly Young Nelson says that she was working as a waitress at a restaurant in Alabama near where Moore worked as District Attorney. Moore was a frequent customer of the restaurant, when one night he offered to take her home. She accepted, but he stopped at a dark area on the way there. She questioned what he was doing, but he began to allegedly grope her. (source) 3:41 p.m. ET November 13, 2017
Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina tweeted out Monday that he believes Roy Moore should step down from the Alabama Senate race. “If he continues this will not end well for Mr. Moore.” (source) 5:01 p.m. ET November 13, 2017
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