Nov 12, 2017

White House reacts to allegations against Moore

Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway said Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's "conduct as described should disqualify" him — if true.

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to CNN's Jake Tapper: "People should investigate this issue and get the facts. It appears there's a significant issue here that needs to be addressed"
  • Legislative Director Marc Short to NBC's Chuck Todd: "No Senate seat is more important than the issue of child pedophilia, but, having said that, he has not been proven guilty. We have to afford him the chance to defend himself."

Conway said she's "gone farther" than Trump and other Republican leaders — many of whom said Moore should step down if the accusations are true. "I've reflected something the Vice President said as well which is, everybody should know that conduct is disqualifying," Conway said to Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week.

Yes, but: While Republican leaders have repeatedly said that Moore should step aside if the allegations against him are true, none have specified what would need to happen for them to discern that they are true. Moore's accusers have spoken on the record, and the candidate has denied their claims. The election in Alabama is four weeks away.

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