Ryan calls for Moore to step aside: These allegations 'are credible'

Ryan calls for Moore to step aside: These allegations 'are credible'
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Speaker of the House Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that Roy Moore should “step aside” amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct against the Republican Alabama Senate candidate.

"He should step aside," Ryan told reporters Tuesday morning.

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Ryan said that the allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against Moore "are credible,” adding that “if he cares about the values and the people who claims to care about, then he should step aside.”

Ryan’s comments come one day after a fifth woman came forward to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct. Beverly Young Nelson alleged Monday that Moore had sexually assaulted her in the 1970s, when she was 16.

A The Washington Post report published last week included an allegation that Moore had an sexual encounter with a 14-year-old when he was in his early 30s.

Moore admitted during an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity last week that he had dated teenage girls in the past, but denied any sexual misconduct. He said on Monday that he didn't know Nelson.

Republicans have stepped up their calls for Moore to drop out of the race in recent days.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) said on Monday that Moore should drop out.

Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerDurbin: Senators to release immigration bill Wednesday GOP senators eager for Romney to join them Gardner: Bipartisan DACA solution possible despite Trump's 's---hole countries' comment MORE (R-Colo.), the head of the GOP Senate campaign arm, on Monday called for the Senate to expel Moore if he wins the election.

--This report was updated at 10:50 a.m.