McConnell-linked group attacks Breitbart amid Roy Moore furor

McConnell-linked group attacks Breitbart amid Roy Moore furor
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The Senate Leadership Fund, a super-PAC linked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Trump's troop pull back in Syria a 'grave strategic mistake' Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump insists Turkey wants cease-fire | Fighting continues in Syrian town | Pentagon chief headed to Mideast | Mattis responds to criticism from Trump TSA head rules himself out for top DHS job   MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday took a swipe at Stephen Bannon and Breitbart News for defending Alabama Senate nominee Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreMontgomery, Ala., elects first African American mayor GOP Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville says Trump has 'put a noose' around farmers' necks with trade war Sen. Doug Jones launches reelection bid in Alabama MORE in the face of sexual misconduct allegations by arguing about "the age of consent."

The organization also released a statement saying "there is no place in our party for sexual predators."

The Washington Post reported earlier Thursday that four women have accused Moore of pursuing relationships with them when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s. One of the women was 14 at the time.

Breitbart editor Joel Pollak came to Moore’s defense during an appearance on MSNBC, arguing that “the 16-year-old and the 18-year-old have no business in that story” because they would have been able to legally consent.

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“My point is that the Post has successfully put a narrative out, at least on MSNBC and in other places, that there’s this pattern of teenagers. There’s really, as far as we know, there’s only one relationship that’s been alleged that’s problematic,” Pollak said.

He acknowledged that Moore’s alleged relationship with the 14-year-old might be “one too many” for some supporters.

Leigh Corfman, now 53, said when she was 14, Moore asked for her phone number while her mother was in a child custody hearing.

The two met on two more occasions. On the first, they kissed. During the second encounter, she said Moore removed his clothes, took off her shirt and pants, and touched her over her bra and underpants and guided her hand over his genitals, according to the Post report.

Three other women separately recounted that Moore had approached them to initiate a relationship while they were between 16 and 18 and Moore was in his 30s.

McConnell was among several Republican senators who after learning of the report said Moore should drop out of the Senate race if the allegations are true.

Moore’s campaign has blasted the accounts as “the very definition of fake news.”

Moore defeated current Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MORE (R-Ala.) in a primary in September. It’s unclear whether Moore will drop out or if the party will stand by him, but Alabama law bars any candidate from withdrawing their name within 76 days of an election, so Moore is expected to appear on the ballot against Democrat Doug Jones regardless.

One GOP senator, Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes Senate fails to override Trump veto over emergency declaration MORE of Alaska, suggested Strange launch a write-in campaign.

The election will take place on Dec. 12.