"Without giving away details, I have gotten an answer from the Roy Moore campaign on the questions that I had," said Fox New Channel's Sean Hannity on Wednesday evening about the ultimatum he issued Roy Moore, the Republican who is running for the vacant U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. On Tuesday, Hannity had demanded that Moore clear up the allegations laid against him by several women who charge that he had romantic or sexual encounters with him when he was in his 30s and they were teens. Moore has adamantly denied the charges, while various Republicans have called on him to step out of the race.

Moore published an open letter to Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, declaring: "I am suffering the same treatment other Republicans have had to endure.”

Moore wrote:

“Are we at a stage in American politics in which false allegations can overcome a public record of 40 years, stampede the media and politicians to condemn an innocent man, and potentially impact the outcome of an election of national importance? When allegations of events occurring 40 years ago -- and never before mentioned during a 40-year career of public service -- are brought out and taken seriously only 30 days before a critical election, we may be in trouble as a country. I adamantly deny the allegations of Leigh Corfman and Beverly Nelson, did not date underage girls, and have taken steps to begin a civil action for defamation. Because of that, at the direction of counsel, I cannot comment further."

Moore referred to a high school yearbook that was produced by Beverly Young Nelson as evidence, which she said bore Moore’s signature and a Christmas greeting. Moore said that he does not know her, despite her accusations of his sexual misconduct. "My signature on the order of dismissal in the divorce case was annotated with the letters 'D.A.,' representing the initials of my court assistant," Moore wrote Hannity. "Curiously the supposed yearbook inscription is also followed by the same initials—'D.A.' But at that time I was Deputy District Attorney, not district attorney."

Moore wrote that he believed the "initials as well as the date under the signature block and the printed name of the restaurant are written in a style inconsistent with the rest of the yearbook inscription."

While Hannity said that the allegations against Moore "are beyond disturbing and serious," he did not rescind his support for Moore. Hannity closed his show by saying that the verdict on Moore lies ultimately with Alabama voters and should not be decided by him or other conservative or Republican leaders. "I am very confident that when everything comes out, they will make the best decision for their state," he said.


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