Isak­son would have key role in ex­pul­sion ef­fort of U.S. Se­nate can­di­date from Ala.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - FROM PAGE ONE - — TA­MAR HALLERMAN / TA­MAR.HALLERMAN@AJC.COM

If U.S. sen­a­tors choose to ex­pel Roy Moore from the cham­ber, should he win next month’s spe­cial elec­tion in Alabama, Ge­or­gia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isak­son could play a key role.

Such pro­ceed­ings – which would delve into ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct in­volv­ing teenagers and Moore when he was in his 30s – would go through the Se­nate Ethics Com­mit­tee, which Isak­son heads as chair­man.

Some sen­a­tors – in­clud­ing Colorado Repub­li­can Cory Gard­ner, who heads the Se­nate GOP’s re-elec­tion com­mit­tee – have sig­naled that ex­pul­sion may be nec­es­sary.

It’s a rare step to take. The Se­nate last ex­pelled a mem­ber in 1862, dur­ing the Civil War.

On Mon­day, dur­ing a speech to the Ma­ri­etta Ro­tary Club, Isak­son ap­peared to side with Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell and against Moore. McCon­nell said Mon­day that he be­lieves Moore’s ac­cusers and thinks the can­di­date should with­draw from the race to fill the seat Jeff Ses­sions va­cated to be­come at­tor­ney gen­eral. The elec­tion is set for Dec. 12.

“The al­le­ga­tions seem a lot more cred­i­ble than any de­fense he has put up,” Isak­son said, ac­cord­ing to The Ma­ri­etta Daily Journal.“Some­thing like that is in­ex­cus­able and should be in­tol­er­a­ble.”

Isak­son’s of­fice would not com­ment on the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­pul­sion.

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