Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court justice who is running for U.S. Senate, announced that he plans to sue the Washington Post. In October, Moore won a Republican primary race to fill the Senate seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. On Thursday, the Washington Post published an article in which he was accused of alleged sexual improprieties with four women who were teenaged minors at the time. He has vigorously denied the allegations. The general election is scheduled for December 12.

“Shortly after becoming the Republican nominee for the United States Senate, the Washington Post published an article attacking me, my wife, my Foundation for Moral Law in Montgomery, Alabama, on my salary,” Moore announced to a crowd at the Huntsville Christian Academ.

Moore said, "They said I took over a million dollars. There were not a million dollars. I wish I had a million dollars. In fact, I didn’t take the money they awarded me for a salary because I had my own recognition and opted to embrace that salary myself and not take anything from the foundation. So my salary collection wasn’t so much. Over eight years it would have been about $87,000 a year—so I had to take a note and a mortgage for the rest of it. But I never got the money. So, the Washington Post finally realized this after they published an article saying my wife and I got a million dollars, saying, “you didn’t pay taxes for what you didn’t get.”

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was asked what he thinks Moore should do in the face of the accusations. Speaking in Louisville, McConnell said, “I think he should step aside,” thus reiterating advice he gave last week. “I believe the women, yes,” McConnell said. Reportedly, Republicans are seeking to determine whether the state GOP can now run a write-in campaign in order to ensure a Republican victory.

President Donald Trump has joined Republicans in asking Moore to step out of the race if the allegations prove to be true. 

As for a write-in campaign, McConnell said on Monday, "That's an option we're looking at — whether someone can mount a write-in campaign successfully." When he was asked if Sen. Luther Strange, who lost to Moore in the Republican primary, was being considered, McConnell said, "We'll see." Currently, Alabama law suggests that it too late for Moore to be replaced before the election when he faces Democrat Doug Jones.  

On Monday, Sen. Cory Garnder of Colorado, who leads the National Republican Senatorial Conference -- the fundraising organ of Senate Republicans -- issued a statement condemning Moore. He said: “I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office. If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.” 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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