By ALAN FRAM and KIMBERLY CHANDLER
WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawyer Basic Jeff Periods voiced no skepticism Tuesday of accounts by ladies accusing Roy Moore of groping or pursuing romantic relationships with them once they have been teenagers, and hinted the Justice Division may look into allegations towards the besieged Republican Alabama Senate candidate.
“I’ve no cause to doubt these younger ladies,” Periods advised a Home committee. His phrases appeared sure to hold heft in Alabama, the place he was an extended-time GOP senator till turning into President Donald Trump’s lawyer basic this yr and stays considered one of that state’s most influential Republican voices.
Answering questions earlier than the Home Judiciary Committee, Periods did not rule out a federal probe into the fees.
“We’ll consider each case as as to if or not it must be investigated,” Periods stated.
His remarks got here as Home Speaker Paul Ryan joined the rising refrain of Washington Republicans calling on Moore to drop out of the race. Republicans worry injury from two potential outcomes ought to he stay a candidate: Moore wins and GOP senators are tainted by affiliation with a colleague accused of molesting teen-agers, or he loses the Dec. 12 election to a Democrat.
“These allegations are credible,” Ryan, R-Wis., informed reporters on Tuesday. “If he cares concerning the values and other people he claims to care about then he ought to step apart.”
Senate Republicans face restricted choices in making an attempt to drive out the previous state Supreme Courtroom decide and outspoken Christian conservative, whose identify stays on the poll for the particular election towards Democrat Doug Jones.
One choice they’ve thought-about is backing a write-in marketing campaign with one other Republican, maybe Periods or Sen. Luther Unusual, who Moore defeated in a GOP main in September. Unusual informed reporters Monday that a write-in candidacy “is very unlikely.”
Moore is displaying no signal of quitting, denying allegations by two ladies that he molested them and sending out fundraising emails emphasizing his stance as a maverick battling institution politicians.
In a single despatched Tuesday, he referred to Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina as “the forces of evil who’re trying to tear and tear aside me…