GOP lawmaker: Roy Moore should drop out unless he can prove his innocence

GOP lawmaker: Roy Moore should drop out unless he can prove his innocence
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Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingWashington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution ‘Unmasking Antifa Act' includes 15-year prison term proposal MORE (R-N.Y.) on Friday said Republican Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore should drop out of the special election race unless he is able to prove his innocence in the face of bombshell sexual misconduct allegations. 

"I would say unless he can prove his innocence, the burden is now on him within the next day or so, I believe he has to step down. He owes it to himself, he owes it to the state and and he owes it to the U.S. Senate," King said on MSNBC. 

His comments come one day after The Washington Post published a story with several women saying Moore initiated sexual relationships when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. The youngest of Moore's accusers was 14 at the time.

The former state Supreme Court chief justice has vehemently denied the allegations, and soon after the Post story went online shot an email to supporters calling for donations to help fight them, a move to which King objected.

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"When you have this type of corroboration, it's a burden on him and the fact he's sending out fundraising appeals based on this to me is really, really bad form," King said. 

A slew of Senate Republicans, as well as the White House, have said Moore should step down if the allegations are true.

Some GOP leaders, including Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPence, Pompeo urged Trump to clarify Russia remarks: report GOP lawmaker renews call for Trump to release tax returns after Putin summit House conservatives criticize media, not Trump, for Putin furor MORE (Ariz.) and former presidential nominee Mitt Romney have called for him to bow out immediately.

Moore called the accusations "a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post." 

"The forces of evil are on the march in our country ... I have a duty to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war on our conservative values," Moore wrote in an email on Thursday.  

Moore defeated sitting Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeRoby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism Once a Trump critic, Ala. rep faces runoff with his support Crowley surprise tops huge night for left MORE in the GOP primary for the special election to replace Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHomeland Security advisory council members resign over family separations: report Once a Trump critic, Ala. rep faces runoff with his support Ryan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' MORE as Alabama's junior senator. He is set to face Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12.