GOP senator: Moore would 'immediately' face ethics probe if elected

GOP senator: Moore would 'immediately' face ethics probe if elected
© Greg Nash

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottLobbyists see wins, losses in GOP coronavirus bill Revered civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis lies in state in the Capitol GOP plan would boost deduction for business meals MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that Republican Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore would “immediately” face an ethics investigation should he win this week's election.

“If he wins, we have to seat him,” Scott told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Then there will immediately be an ethics investigation.”

Scott stood firm in his position that he would not back Moore in the Alabama special election, reiterating that the sexual misconduct accusations against the former judge are stronger than his denials.

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“The allegations are significantly stronger than the denial,” Scott said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal MORE (R-Ky.) last month said Moore would face an ethics investigation right away should he be elected to the Senate. McConnell had previously called on Moore to step aside from the race, then said the race was ultimately in the hands of the Alabama voters.

Multiple Republicans revoked their endorsements of Moore after several women alleged that he made sexual advances toward them when they were teenagers. Moore has denied an allegation that in 1979 he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, but admitted in an interview last month that he may have dated women in their later teens around that time.

Moore on Tuesday will face off against Democrat Doug Jones for the Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign MORE.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE last week offered Moore a full-throated endorsement and the Republican National Committee reinstated its fundraising agreement with Moore's campaign after Trump voiced his support.