McConnell dodges on if he believes women who accused Trump of sexual harassment

McConnell dodges on if he believes women who accused Trump of sexual harassment
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday dodged a question on whether he believes the women who have accused President Trump of sexual harassment.

"Look, we're talking about the situation in Alabama," McConnell said when asked.

"And I'd be happy to address that if there are any further questions."

McConnell's comments come as GOP candidate Roy Moore faces growing pressure to step aside in the Alabama Senate race following several allegations of sexual misconduct.

McConnell said Monday he believes the women who have accused Moore of inappropriate sexual behavior.

The Moore controversy has also reignited questions about past allegations concerning Trump. The White House's official position on the women who accused Trump of sexual harassment is that they are lying, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last month.

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"Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning and the president has spoken on it,” Sanders said. 

Trump said last month the allegations against him — many of which emerged during the campaign after the leak of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape in which he is heard making lewd comments about women — are "made-up stuff."

"All I can say is it's totally fake news — just fake," he said. "It's fake, it's made-up stuff. And it's disgraceful what happens."

At least 11 women came forward to accuse Trump of unwanted touching and kissing last year.

The recent controversy surrounding Moore began when The Washington Post published a report last week in which a woman accused the Senate candidate of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32. Three other women in the report said Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

And on Monday, another woman came forward to accuse Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a 16.

Moore has denied the allegations and has indicated he plans to stay in the race amid growing calls for him to step aside. He faces Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12 in a special election that will decide who serves out the rest of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE's Senate term.