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