White House officials distance themselves from Roy Moore

Frederick Owens
November 13, 2017

The Washington Post reported last week that a 53-year-old woman accused Moore of initiating sexual contact with her when she was 14 and he was 32. Weekend Update also covered the allegations against Moore, with host Colin Jost joking that Moore "looks a guy who shows up at Westworld and says, 'Hey, can someone show me where the middle school is?'"

Teresa Jones, who worked with Moore as a deputy district attorney for Etowah County, Ala., from 1982 until 1985, said that it was "common knowledge" the controversial politician allegedly preferred younger women.

Asked if that would have been usual for him, Moore said, "Not generally, no".

Other Republicans officials have called for Moore to leave the race if the allegations are true.

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"There's a special place in hell for those who actually perpetrate these crimes, and I think Roy Moore has to do more explaining than he has done so far", White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

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"I have to say, I think the accusations have more credibility than the denial, I think it would be best if Roy would just step aside", said Sen.

Moore has denied the allegations, saying they are "completely false" and suggesting they are part of a smear campaign. "You know, this is a awful situation", Toomey said on NBC News' "Meet the Press".

Alabama holds a special election on December 12 to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Like Pence, Sessions puts on the pressure for Moore to drop out of the race.

During the primary, Trump joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and much of the GOP establishment in supporting Sen.

The White House says Trump believes Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore "will do the right thing and step aside" if sexual misconduct allegations against him are true.

"I will never give up the fight", Moore tweeted Thursday.

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