Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined other Republicans in calling for Judge Roy Moore must end his U.S. Senate campaign in Alabama if allegations that he initiated sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl are true. Referring to a report by the Washington Post, McConnell said, "If these allegations are true, he must step aside."

McConnell was joined by Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, as well as Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama. The Washington Post reported on allegations that Moore "pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s."

Responding to the allegations, Moore’s campaign called the story "garbage" and the "very definition of fake news and intentional defamation." The statement from the outspoken Alabaman read: "After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they would have been made public long before now." the campaign statement read.

Flake tweeted on Thursday, “If there is any shred of truth to the allegations against Roy Moore, he should step aside immediately.”

In a statement, McCain said, "The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of."

Moore won the Republican primary in September to fill the Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. On December 12, he will face Democrat Doug Jones. Moore was keenly supported by former White House counselor Stephen Bannon. President Donald Trump supported the incumbent senator, who had been appointed to fill Sessions’ seat. The Washington Post has endorsed Jones in the race.

Meanwhile, in the federal bribery case against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), federal prosecutors have yet to discard allegations that he sexually abuse underaged girls on trips to the Dominican Republic.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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