Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee that he believes the women who have made allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama.
What are the allegations against Moore?
Four women told The Washington Post last week that Moore asked them out on dates when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. One of the accusers, Leigh Corfman, now 53, said that she was only 14 when Moore took her to his home, undressed her, groped her, and placed her hand on his underwear.
Another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, said Monday during a news conference that Moore groped her when she was 16 years old and threatened her not to tell anyone.
What did Sessions say?
Sessions, who once held the Senate seat that Moore is seeking, was asked about the allegations by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) during the oversight hearing.
“Do you believe these young women?” Jackson Lee asked.
Sessions replied, “I have no reason to doubt these young women.”
Sessions added that as attorney general he “should not be involved in this campaign,” but the Department of Justice “will do our duty” if the case were to come before them.
JUST IN: AG Jeff Sessions on Roy Moore accusers: "I have no reason to doubt these young women." https://t.co/RcX67MHbC4
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 14, 2017
What have other Republicans said?
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) joined other elected Republicans Tuesday in calling for Moore to exit the race.
Ryan said the allegations against Moore are “credible” and if the candidate "cares about the values of the people he claims to care about, then he should step aside."
.@SpeakerRyan: If Roy Moore "cares about the values of the people he claims to care about, then he should step aside." pic.twitter.com/ZbiMQDlACx
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 14, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday told reporters that he believes Moore’s accusers and the candidate should “step aside.”
Former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney and Arizona Sen. John McCain — both former Republican presidential nominees — also called for Moore to step down.