GOP Leaders: Moore Should Drop Out If Allegations True

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Members of the Republican Senate leadership have indicated they want Senate candidate Roy Moore to step aside if allegations made against him on Nov. 9 are true.

Moore has been accused of having a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, according to The Washington Post.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a brief statement on the issue.

"If these allegations are true, he must step aside," said McConnell, The Hill reported.

A similar message came from Sen. Cory Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee.

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"The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling," added Gardner. "If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election."

Nancy Wells, the mother of Leigh Corfman, who was 14 in 1979, alleged she met Moore outside a courtroom where she was waiting to attend a child custody hearing.

"He said: 'Oh, you don't want her to go in there and hear all that. I'll stay out here with her,'" Wells told The Washington Post. "I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl."

Corfman said when she was alone with Moore, the then 32-year-old man asked for her number. Moore subsequently met with her twice.

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The first time, Corfman said Moore kissed her. On the second occasion, she said he removed her pants and shirt, and took off his clothes. He then allegedly touched her over her bra and underpants.

"I wanted it over with -- I wanted out," Corfman said. "Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over."

Three other women told the Post that Moore showed an interest in them when they were between 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s. However, none of the three said he forced them to commit any sexual acts.

Moore dismissed the accusations.

"These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign," Moore stated.

A further statement from Moore's campaign argued that if the allegations were true, they would have been brought up during Moore's previous campaigns for public office.

Neither Corfman nor the other three women who spoke to the Post have donated to or worked for Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.

Corfman said she has voted for Republicans in the last three presidential elections.

Sources: The Hill, The Washington Post / Featured Image: Altairisfar/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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