Keep Moore out of the Se­nate: GOP

Sex as­sault al­le­ga­tions

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - ALAN FRAM and KIM­BERLY CHAN­DLER The As­so­ci­ated Press

Wash­ing­ton Repub­li­cans tight­ened pres­sure Tues­day on Alabama’s GOP to keep a de­fi­ant Roy Moore from be­ing elected to the Se­nate next month, with many voic­ing hope that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump could use his clout to re­solve a prob­lem that Repub­li­cans say leaves them with no easy op­tions.

With Alabama Repub­li­cans re­luc­tant to block Moore and en­rage his le­gions of loyal con­ser­va­tive sup­port­ers, na­tional GOP lead­ers were turn­ing to Trump as their best chance of some­how turn­ing the tide. Two women by name have said Moore mo­lested them in the 1970s when one was 14 and the other 16 and he was a lo­cal district at­tor­ney, and three oth­ers said he pur­sued ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships with them around the same time.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch Mccon­nell, in all-out war­fare with Moore, said there’d be con­ver­sa­tions about the anti-es­tab­lish­ment fire­brand af­ter Trump re­turns from Asia. He said he’d al­ready spo­ken to the pres­i­dent, Vice-pres­i­dent

Mike Pence and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

“He’s ob­vi­ously not fit to be in the U.S. Se­nate and we’ve looked at all the op­tions to try to pre­vent that from hap­pen­ing,” said Mccon­nell, who Mon­day said he be­lieved Moore’s ac­cusers.

Moore has de­nied abus­ing the women but has not ruled out dat­ing teenagers at the time, when he was in his early 30s.

If Moore is elected, top Se­nate Repub­li­cans al­ready are threat­en­ing to vote to ex­pel him.

ALEX BRAN­DON/AP

Rep. Sheila Jack­son Lee holds up pic­tures on Capi­tol Hill yes­ter­day of women, left, ac­cus­ing Roy Moore, right.

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