Toomey calls on Moore to step aside: 'Accusations have more credibility than the denial'

Toomey calls on Moore to step aside: 'Accusations have more credibility than the denial'
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Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNewly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying Overnight Tech: FCC won't fine Colbert over Trump joke | Trump budget slashes science funding | Net neutrality comment period opens Appeals court decision keeps lawsuit against NSA surveillance alive MORE (R-Pa.) said Sunday that the allegations of sexual impropriety against Roy Moore seem to be stronger than the Republican Alabama Senate candidate's denials.

“We’ll probably never know for sure exactly what happened. But from my point of view, you know, I have to say I think the accusations have more credibility than the denial. I think it would be best if Roy would just step aside,” Toomey said on NBC’s “Meet The Press."

A 53-year-old woman accused Moore of initiating sexual contact with her in 1979, when she was 14 and he was 32, The Washington Post reported. Three other women also said Moore approached them around the same time, when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

Moore has denied the allegations, saying they are “completely false,” and suggesting it is a smear campaign.

Toomey on Sunday called the allegation “unprovable, probably,” but said there’s enough in the report that “it’s very disturbing.”

A number of Republican senators said in the aftermath of the report that Moore should step aside if the allegations are true.

Toomey said Republicans should consider supporting a write-in campaign for Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP sen: ‘Just a fact’ Moore will face ethics complaint if elected Trevor Noah: Trump must be ‘morally degenerate’ to back Roy Moore Moore gets boost from Bannon in final days of campaign MORE (R-Ala.), who lost to Moore in a September runoff. It is too late for Moore to withdraw, so his name will still appear on the ballot.

Toomey would not say whether the Senate should unseat Moore if he wins next month’s special election.

“I suspect we’ll learn more between now and then ... and I’m not going to, you know, project what we should be doing under that hypothetical.”