Toomey said “the accusations are more reliable than the denial.”
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 12, 2017
Moore’s accusers are backed up by 30 corroborating sources interviewed by the Washington Post. After publication, one of Moore’s former colleagues in the prosecutor’s office, Teresa Jones, said it was “common knowledge” that Moore pursued sexual relationships with teen girls in his 30s. Jones said Moore was known to hang out at high school football games and the mall which everyone thought was “weird.”
Moore has blasted the Washington Post report as “fake news” but his denials have been far from definitive. In a radio interview with Sean Hannity, he did not deny pursuing teen girls as a 30-year-old, only saying it would have been “out of my customary behavior” and that he did not “generally” remember doing so.
The other Republican Senators who have withdrawn their support from Moore since his appearance on Hannity are Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). Many other Republicans are calling for Moore to step aside if the allegations are proven true, without defining what would constitute enough proof.
President Trump has given far more deference to Moore, saying “[W]e cannot allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person’s life.” But Marc Short, Trump’s Director of Legislative Affairs, tried to create some distance between Moore and the White House on Sunday morning. “There’s no Senate seat more important than the issue of child pedophilia,” Short said.