Senate leader Mitch McConnell says he believes women who have accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct and called on the Alabama Republican nominee for U.S. Senate to “step aside,” the Associated Press reported Monday.
Moore is accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago. He has denied the allegation. However, McConnell told reporters Monday he believes the women who were quoted in a Washington Post story about Moore’s past relationships with them.
If Moore drops out of the Alabama race, McConnell said, Republicans will consider a write-in option in that state.
In a Washington Post report published last week, Leigh Corfman says she was just 14 years old when Moore, then 32, picked her up in his car and allegedly drove her to a wooded area before taking off her clothes and touching her body. Moore has threatened to sue the Post over the story, which included accounts from three other women who claimed Moore tried initiating relationships with them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.
Moore said on Sean Hannity’s radio show Friday that he may have dated teenagers when he was in his 30s, saying, “If I did, I’m not going to dispute these things, but I don’t remember anything like that.”