Saturday 24 August 2019

GOP leader backs accusers

Allegations: Roy Moore. Photo: Reuters/Marvin Gentry/File Photo
Allegations: Roy Moore. Photo: Reuters/Marvin Gentry/File Photo

David Millward

Roy Moore, the Alabama senate candidate embroiled in allegations that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl, suffered a fresh setback yesterday after the most senior Republican on Capitol Hill sided with his accusers.

"I believe the women," said Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the senate, as he joined the growing number of top Republicans urging Mr Moore to withdraw his candidacy.

Mr Moore has been under pressure to stand down since 'The Washington Post' reported allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

Alarm is growing in the GOP hierarchy with the latest poll in Alabama showing the Democrats leading by four points in what should be a solid Republican seat.

Even before the allegations surfaced, Mr Moore (70), whose supporters include Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's former chief strategist, and Nigel Farage, had little backing from the Republican establishment.

Mr Trump backed Luther Strange, Mr Moore's opponent for the nomination.

Mr Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations, telling supporters they had been made by "the Obama-Clinton machine's liberal media lapdogs". He has also pledged to sue 'The Washington Post'. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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