McConnell: Moore will face Senate ethics probe if he wins election
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore will immediately face a probe by the Senate Ethics Committee if he wins the special election next month.
“It would be a rather unusual beginning,” McConnell told The Wall Street Journal at a CEO Council event on Tuesday. “I’d like to save the seat, and it’s a heck of a dilemma when you’ve got a completely unacceptable candidate bearing the label of your party within a month of the election.”
Senate Republicans are increasing their pressure for Moore to step down from the Alabama Senate race after a bombshell report in The Washington Post, in which a woman accused Moore of engaging in a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32. It also included the stories of three woman who said Moore pursued romantic relationships with them around the same time when they were teenagers. On Monday, a fifth woman came forward, saying Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16.
But Moore has refused to withdraw from the race and denied wrongdoing. He hit back at McConnell on Tuesday, saying that his “days as majority leader are coming to an end very soon.”
“He’s totally well known and extremely popular in Alabama,” McConnell said, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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