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McConnell-linked group attacks Breitbart amid Roy Moore furor

McConnell-linked group attacks Breitbart amid Roy Moore furor
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The Senate Leadership Fund, a super-PAC linked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate blocks bill that opponents say weakens water pollution rules Pittsburgh police told to prepare for protests over potential Mueller firing: report Senate repeals auto-loan guidance in precedent-shattering vote MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday took a swipe at Stephen Bannon and Breitbart News for defending Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore in the face of sexual misconduct allegations by arguing about "the age of consent."

The organization also released a statement saying "there is no place in our party for sexual predators."

The Washington Post reported earlier Thursday that four women have accused Moore of pursuing relationships with them when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s. One of the women was 14 at the time.

Breitbart editor Joel Pollak came to Moore’s defense during an appearance on MSNBC, arguing that “the 16-year-old and the 18-year-old have no business in that story” because they would have been able to legally consent.

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“My point is that the Post has successfully put a narrative out, at least on MSNBC and in other places, that there’s this pattern of teenagers. There’s really, as far as we know, there’s only one relationship that’s been alleged that’s problematic,” Pollak said.

He acknowledged that Moore’s alleged relationship with the 14-year-old might be “one too many” for some supporters.

Leigh Corfman, now 53, said when she was 14, Moore asked for her phone number while her mother was in a child custody hearing.

The two met on two more occasions. On the first, they kissed. During the second encounter, she said Moore removed his clothes, took off her shirt and pants, and touched her over her bra and underpants and guided her hand over his genitals, according to the Post report.

Three other women separately recounted that Moore had approached them to initiate a relationship while they were between 16 and 18 and Moore was in his 30s.

McConnell was among several Republican senators who after learning of the report said Moore should drop out of the Senate race if the allegations are true.

Moore’s campaign has blasted the accounts as “the very definition of fake news.”

Moore defeated current Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP intensifies war against Blankenship in West Virginia Republicans fear Cochran replacement puts Senate seat at risk Mississippi is new headache for GOP in the South MORE (R-Ala.) in a primary in September. It’s unclear whether Moore will drop out or if the party will stand by him, but Alabama law bars any candidate from withdrawing their name within 76 days of an election, so Moore is expected to appear on the ballot against Democrat Doug Jones regardless.

One GOP senator, Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenators press administration on mental health parity Overnight Energy: Watchdogs unveil findings on EPA, Interior controversies | GAO says EPA violated law with soundproof booth | IG says Zinke could have avoided charter flight | GOP chair probes Pruitt's four email addresses GOP fractures over push to protect Russia probe MORE of Alaska, suggested Strange launch a write-in campaign.

The election will take place on Dec. 12.