Idaho Senator Jim Risch Joins Call For Roy Moore To Drop Out, Crapo Stands By Statement

Nov 14, 2017

Credit Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

The number of Republican lawmakers distancing themselves from GOP Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore continues to grow. Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is the latest to join top Republicans in urging Moore to drop out after previously questioning whether the allegations of sexual misconduct were true.

Risch changed his position Tuesday afternoon, according to the Spokesman-Review.

Sen. Mike Crapo says Moore should bow out of the race if the allegations against him are factual – a position Risch previously held. A spokesman for Crapo says that position hasn't changed, “but we’re watching things closely.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he believes the women accusing Moore of sexual misconduct and thinks it’s time the candidate from the Deep South step aside. Other prominent Republican senators, including South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, Utah’s Orrin Hatch and Arizona’s John McCain all unequivocally rejected Moore.

The GOP senate candidate from Alabama is accused of having a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s when he was in his early thirties. On Monday, another accuser came forward telling reporters when she was alone with Moore in a car at age 16 she thought he was going to rape her.

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