Washington GOP boosts pres­sure on Ala. party on Moore

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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 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 about 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 al­ready spoke about Moore to the pres­i­dent, Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

“He’s ob­vi­ously not fit to be in the United States 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. “This close to elec­tion, it’s a com­pli­cated mat­ter.’”

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

Associated Press

For­mer Alabama Chief Jus­tice and U.S. Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore waits to speak Satur­day at the Ves­tavia Hills Pub­lic Li­brary in Birm­ing­ham, Ala.

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