President Trump said to mull action on Roy Moore as GOP turmoil escalates

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:43:57 AM. Roy Moore's support from fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging after a second woman accused the Alabaman of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s.
President Donald Trump will discuss with aides how the White House and Republicans should deal with embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, an administration official said Tuesday, as party leaders in Congress escalated their fight to force Moore out of the campaign and threatened to expel him if he wins. The uproar within the GOP grew Monday when a fifth woman came forward to describe Moore's pursuit of her four decades ago, when she was 16 years old and he was a county prosecutor. She said it eventually led to Moore sexually assaulting her in his car in a darkened restaurant parking lot. The administration aide declined to discuss how Trump, who is returning to Washington from a 12-day Asia trip, will be advised to handle the matter. His options include taking no action; making a public statement or private telephone calls to people involved in the race and party officials; or weighing in on the recruitment of a write-in Republican candidate in the Dec. 12 Alabama election. Democrats took pains to stay on the sidelines with the prospect that their candidate now has a shot to win a seat long considered out of reach in a state that Trump won by almost 30 points in last year's presidential election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report on Tuesday moved its rating of Moore's contest with Democratic candidate Doug Jones to "toss up." The detailed account by Beverly Young Nelson at a news conference in New York City on Monday unleashed a new wave of condemnation of Moore,...Read more
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