Corker: Roy Moore's nomination was 'a bridge too far' for GOP

Corker: Roy Moore's nomination was 'a bridge too far' for GOP
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Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSen. Warner to introduce amendment limiting Trump’s ability to revoke security clearances White House weighs clawing back State, foreign aid funding Rand Paul to ask Trump to lift sanctions on Russian leaders MORE (R-Tenn.) blasted Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) on Saturday, saying his Senate nomination was "a bridge too far" even before sexual misconduct allegations this week.

"Look, I'm sorry, but even before these reports surfaced, Roy Moore's nomination was a bridge too far," Corker tweeted Saturday.

Corker was responding to a bombshell Washington Post story in which Moore was accused of initiating sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was 32. 

The woman, Leigh Corfman, now 53, accused Moore of touching her over her underwear and moving her hand to touch him over his underwear. She also said that Moore gave her alcohol on at least one occasion.

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Three other women also told the Post that Moore approached them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

Moore has denied the allegations, saying they are "completely false.”

Two GOP senators withdrew their endorsements of Moore Friday night after one of them, Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway Lee2020 hopefuls skeptical of criminal justice deal with Trump Sentencing reform deal heats up, pitting Trump against reliable allies Senate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up MORE (Utah), requested to be removed from Moore’s fundraising pitches in the wake of the allegations.

Corker has emerged as a vocal critic of President Trump and some Republicans since announcing his retirement in September.