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 ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote 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 StrangePandemic proves importance of pharmaceutical innovation The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements 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.”