Fox News host Sean Hannity finally departed from defending Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore over numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and gave him an ultimatum to prove his innocence in 24 hours. Moore has responded.
Here's the open letter from Moore to Hannity:
"I am suffering the same treatment other Republicans have had to endure," he began.
"A month prior to the general election for U.S. Senate in Alabama, I have been attacked by the Washington Post and other liberal media in a desperate attempt to smear my character and defeat my campaign," he continued.
"The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission, Court of the Judiciary, and Attorney General have investigated, scrutinized, examined, and vetted me, not to mention every opposing candidate against whom I have run," he added further on.
Moore reiterated the argument his lawyer put forth at a news conference Wednesday implying that the inscription in an accuser's yearbook was forged.
"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?" he asked Hannity.
"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," he concluded. "Because of that, at the direction of counsel, I cannot comment further."
What did Hannity demand of Moore?
Hannity said on his show Tuesday that the American people deserved 100 percent honesty and said that Moore had 24 hours to prove his innocence of all the charges against him. He did not say what would happen if Moore didn't meet the standard.
Here's the video of Hannity's demand from Tuesday:
Hannity gives Roy Moore 24 hours to prove he didn't sexually assault teenage girls. pic.twitter.com/39RHPDmNcy
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