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

GOP senator: Moore would 'immediately' face ethics probe if elected
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Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter Nikki Haley gets lifetime post on Clemson Board of Trustees First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid 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 McConnellHoyer signals House vote on bill to 'remove' debt limit threat Biden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan 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 SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE.

President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event 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.