Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that he would no longer seek to thwart the fraught campaign of Judge Roy Moore, who seeks to win the upcoming Alabama Senate race despite calls from both sides of the aisle to step down amid multiple sexual assault allegations.
Moore will face off with Democratic challenger Doug Jones on December 12. Recent polls have Moore – an anti-establishment conservative backed by firebrand Steve Bannon – beating Jones by a comfortable margin.
A vast majority of Republicans believe that the numerous allegations against Moore are false, fabricated by Democrats and the mainstream media in a desperate attempt to keep a Trump-aligned conservative out of the Senate, CBS News reported.
During an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, McConnell told host George Stephanopoulos that he would no longer interfere with the Alabama race after previously calling for Moore’s exit.
“Well, I think – we’re going to let the people of Alabama decide a week from Tuesday who they want to send to the Senate. And then we’ll address the matter appropriately,” he said, suggesting that he would shift gears to an ethics investigation after Moore is elected.
“I have already said in the past that I thought this was a matter that would have to be considered by the [Senate Ethics] committee. Ultimately, it would be up to them to make that decision. And they’ll make it, depending on whether Judge Moore ends up coming to the Senate.”
Asked whether he himself believes the women who have accused Moore and President Trump of sexual misconduct, McConnell balked.
“Well, my job is to be the majority leader of the Senate,” he said. “And we have jurisdiction over these matters when there is a senator accused of wrongdoing… So we will handle it in Senate when it comes to senators’ alleged behavior.”