House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) called on Judge Roy Moore to drop out of Senate race in Alabama after accusations of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred decades ago. Ryan said on Tuesday morning that he believes the women who have accused the candidate for the Senate seat vacated in Alabama the current attorney general, Jeff Sesssion.

The leader of Republicans in the House said, "He should step aside. No. 1, these allegations are credible. No. 2, if he cares about the values and people he claims to care about, then he should step aside."

Ryan thus joined a number of Republicans who have called on Moore to step out of the race. Among the Republicans calling on Moore to end his campaign are Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). This follows a report in The Washington Post last week that several women accused Moore of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s. Most recently, a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 years old. The age of consent in Alabama was and is 16 years of age. Moore has denied the allegations and is threatening to sue The Washington Post.

President Donald Trump did not initially endorse Moore's bid to fill the seat vacated by Sessions, prefering instead to endorse incumbent Sen. Luther Strange during last month's Republican primary. However, Trump has since expressed support for Moore. The general election is set for December 12. Sen. McConnell said on Monday that Republicans are seeking to determine whether they can mount a write-in campaign for an as-yet to be named Republican alternative candidate.



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

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