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White House backs Roy Moore in all but name

25 November 2017

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directly addressed the sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, almost two weeks after the first accounts of Moore's alleged sexual predation were first reported by The Washington Post. Al Franken's allegations of sexual misconduct.

She said there is "no plan" for Trump to go to Alabama to campaign for Moore before the December 12 election.

Moore and his campaign deny the allegations but have stumbled a bit along the way.

It comes after a series of allegations against Moore - including that he abused a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney - has led Republican central command to ostracise him.

Corfman's accusations against Moore first appeared in The Washington Post more than a week ago, but her NBC appearance was her first televised account.

And Young accused Jones for supporting transgender people, using an interesting line of attack given the allegations that Moore molested teenage girls.

"I'm a Republican, but Roy Moore - no way", one man says in the spot.

But they clashed with condemnation of Moore by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) - among many others in the GOP - as well as adviser to the president Ivanka Trump. Corfman said she did tell friends and family and contemplated confronting Moore and going public, but feared for the effect on her children: "I was a single parent and when you're in that situation, you do everything you can to protect your own". The Republican National Committee also ended its joint fundraising agreement with Moore.

Jones, a former USA attorney, has edged ahead in recent polling in the race.

Conway answered that the White House "wants the votes" to pass tax reform, which now faces a close vote in the Senate.

"The president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters traveling with Trump in Asia.

Several Alabama newspapers have endorsed Mr Moore's Democratic opponent, a remarkable step in such a staunchly Republican state.

Faced with a binary choice between Moore and Jones, the White House has sided with Moore.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones takes questions from reporters at a fish-fry campaign event November 18 in Birmingham, Ala.

Trump was asked on Tuesday to offer a message to women at a time when a litany of powerful men in media, entertainment, politics and business have been accused of sexual misconduct. "I am a Republican", said Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne in one Edwards ad.

Trump said he believes Congress should release the names of lawmakers who have settled sexual harassment claims.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

White House backs Roy Moore in all but name