Ryan calls for Moore to step aside: These allegations 'are credible'

Ryan calls for Moore to step aside: These allegations 'are credible'
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Speaker of the House Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign Blue wave poses governing risks for Dems Dems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests MORE (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that Roy Moore should “step aside” amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct against the Republican Alabama Senate candidate.

"He should step aside," Ryan told reporters Tuesday morning.


Ryan said that the allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against Moore "are credible,” adding that “if he cares about the values and the people who claims to care about, then he should step aside.”

Ryan’s comments come one day after a fifth woman came forward to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct. Beverly Young Nelson alleged Monday that Moore had sexually assaulted her in the 1970s, when she was 16.

A The Washington Post report published last week included an allegation that Moore had an sexual encounter with a 14-year-old when he was in his early 30s.

Moore admitted during an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity last week that he had dated teenage girls in the past, but denied any sexual misconduct. He said on Monday that he didn't know Nelson.

Republicans have stepped up their calls for Moore to drop out of the race in recent days.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKey GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand Trump hints at new executive action on immigration, wants filibuster-proof Senate majority The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump MORE (R-Ky.) said on Monday that Moore should drop out.

Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSome employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report Colorado governor sets up federal PAC before potential 2020 campaign Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law MORE (R-Colo.), the head of the GOP Senate campaign arm, on Monday called for the Senate to expel Moore if he wins the election.

--This report was updated at 10:50 a.m.