In the wake of a new sexual abuse allegation against former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, this time leveled with the support of liberal power attorney Gloria Allred, a member of the Senate Republican leadership is calling for his expulsion if voters wind up electing him.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is Chairman of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, issued a statement Monday afternoon that reads:
I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office. If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.
Gardner’s statement followed Allred’s press conference in which Beverly Young Nelson accused the judge of sexually assaulting her in 1977. Nelson was a 16-year-old high school student at the time. Moore called the allegations “sensationalist” and a “witch hunt.”
The judge has also pledged to take legal action against those who he says have falsely accused him.
Meanwhile, Gov. Kay Ivey said she would not change the Dec. 12 election date. She had called the special election after her predecessor, who was facing criminal prosecution, appointed Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Earlier in the day, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had called for Moore to step aside, saying he believed the accusations. In response, Moore tweeted:
So far, President Donald Trump has provided tacit support for the embattled judge, saying he doesn’t believe mere allegations should result in someone’s life being destroyed.