Nov 13, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1. Another Roy Moore accuser comes forward

Beverly Young-Nelson is the fifth accuser to come forward against Roy Moore, alleging at a press conference in New York City today that the Republican Senate candidate sexually assaulted her when she was 16.

Her story, delivered at a press conference with Gloria Allred:

  • "Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts. I tried to open my car door to leave, but he reached over me and locked it so I could not get out. I tried fighting him off, while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping he began squeezing my neck attempting to force my head into his crotch."
  • "I continued to struggle. I was determined that I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was going to rape me. I was twisting and struggling and begging him to stop. I had tears running down my face."
  • "At some point he gave up. He then looked at me and said, 'You are a child. I am the District Attorney of Etiwah County. If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.' He then finally allowed me to open the car door and I either fell out or he pushed me out. I was on the ground as he pulled out of the parking area behind the restaurant. The passenger door was still open as he burned rubber pulling away leaving me laying there on the cold concrete in the dark..."
  • Young-Nelson also provided her high school yearbook, allegedly signed by Moore: "To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say 'Merry Christmas.' Love, Roy Moore D.A." The picture.

Today's fallout from Republican senators:

  • Cory Gardner threatened to expel Moore if he wins election. How that works.
  • Before the press conference, Mitch McConnell said he believes the women and said Moore should step aside. Susan Collins followed McConnell's lead.
  • John Cornyn pulled his endorsement.

Why it matters: The list of Republicans willing to defend Moore, or even quietly refrain from commenting on the allegations, is shrinking by the day.

2. What you missed
  1. New nominee to run HHS is Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive who worked in the George W. Bush administration.
  2. Jury deadlocked in Bob Menendez case: They'll start afresh tomorrow.
  3. Trump has nominated a record number of white, male judges. Numbers.
  4. Rand Paul returned to DC: We're still waiting on more answers on his mysterious altercation.
  5. Walmart is raising prices online to draw shoppers to stores. Details.
3. Another important thing

Puerto Rico is requesting $94 billion in federal aid.

Mike Allen