'I Believe the Women': Calls Grow for Moore's Withdrawal From Senate Race as New Accuser Comes Forward - NBC4 Washington
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

'I Believe the Women': Calls Grow for Moore's Withdrawal From Senate Race as New Accuser Comes Forward

In the latest day of jarring events, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Moore essentially declared open war on each other

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Roy Moore Accuser Shares Alleged Sexual Assault Incident

    Beverly Young Nelson alleges that Roy Moore sexually assaulted her in a car when she was 16 years old.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017)

    Roy Moore's support from fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging after a second woman accused the Alabaman of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s, the latest setback to his effort to win an open Senate seat that suddenly seems up for grabs.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday joined other prominent Republicans in saying that Moore should "step aside," adding that he believed allegations against him were "credible."  

    "I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false," Moore said Monday at an abruptly called news conference in Gallant, Alabama, after the latest allegations were made. "I never did what she said I did. I don't even know the woman."

    The former state Supreme Court judge and outspoken Christian conservative spoke after a tearful Beverly Young Nelson, now 56, detailed new allegations to reporters in an emotional appearance in New York.

    Strange, Moore Look to GOP Runoff in Ala. Senate Race

    [NATL] Strange, Moore Look to GOP Runoff in Ala. Senate Race

    Alabama Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore spoke to supporters in August after the Republican primary race for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat. 

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017)

    One night when she was 16, Moore offered to drive her home from her after-school job at a restaurant in Gadsden, Alabama, she said. Moore, a regular customer, instead parked behind the restaurant and locked the door to keep her inside, squeezing her neck while trying to push her head toward his crotch and trying to pull her shirt off, Nelson said.

    "I thought that he was going to rape me," she said.

    Moore stopped and as she left the car he warned no one would believe her because he was a county prosecutor, Nelson said. She said her neck was "black and blue and purple" the next morning.

    Steve King Faces Congressional Backlash Over Racist Remark

    [NATL] Rep. Steve King Faces Backlash From Congress Over Racist Remarks

    In a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, members of the U.S. House condemned Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for his controversial comments on white nationalism and white supremacy. Even leaders of King's own party are pressuring him to resign.

    (Published 3 hours ago)

    Even before Nelson's news conference, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a remarkably personal swipe at Moore, based on last week's Washington Post reports of other incidents involving Moore and teen-age girls decades ago.

    "I believe the women," said McConnell, R-Ky., marking an intensified effort by leaders to ditch Moore before a Dec. 12 special election that has swung from an assured GOP victory to one that Democrats could conceivably swipe.

    Moore fired back at McConnell on Twitter.

    Budget Deadlock Continues as Shutdown Hits Its 26th Day

    [NATL] Budget Deadlock Continues as Shutdown Hits Its 26th Day

    Hope for the federal government to reopen is low as a deadlock over the budget from President Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers and Democratic lawmakers continue. The longest government shutdown in U.S. history is on its 26th day. 

    (Published 3 hours ago)

    "The person who should step aside is @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced. #DrainTheSwamp," Moore wrote.

    He also signaled he has no intention of ending his candidacy, writing in a fundraising appeal, "I'd be honored to have you in my corner with me while I slug it out with the forces of evil trying to keep me out of Washington."

    The exchange between McConnell and Moore underscored the civil war between establishment Republicans worried that candidates like Moore could cost them their Senate majority and hard-right elements who say McConnell is not conservative enough.

    Trump Denies Bombshell Russia Reports From NYT, Post

    [NATL] Trump Denies Bombshell Russia Reports From NYT, Washington Post

    President Donald Trump responded to accusations of Russian collusion in two separate bombshell reports from the New York Times and the Washington Post. Trump denied that he fired former FBI Director James Comey to advance Russian interests and a Post report that he hid conversations he had with Vladimir Putin.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 14, 2019)

    Moore has been backed by Steven Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief White House adviser who is openly seeking GOP Senate challengers who will pledge to dump McConnell. A political committee linked to McConnell spent huge sums unsuccessfully trying to defeat Moore in the GOP's September primary, but Moore defeated incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange.

    Republicans have discussed having another Republican like Strange stage a write-in candidacy, but Strange told reporters Monday "a write-in candidacy is highly unlikely."

    "I made my case during the election," Strange said.

    Judge Blocks Trump Birth Control Coverage Rules in 13 States

    [NATL-PHI] Judge Blocks Trump Birth Control Coverage Rules in Delaware, Other States

    A Trump Administration rule that would allow more employers to opt out of covering birth control from women will not take effect on Monday as scheduled. The rules would let employers claim exemption for religious or moral reasons. Delaware is one of the 13 states that sued to have the rule stopped.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 14, 2019)

    McConnell, who last week said Moore should stand down if the allegations were true, was joined by other Republicans who intensified their opposition to him.

    No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn and his Texas Republican colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz, both withdrew their endorsements of Moore. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who heads the Senate GOP's campaign organization, said if Moore is elected, senators should expel him "because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements" of the Senate.

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Moore "should not be a United States senator, no matter what it takes." Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who's not seeking re-election after criticizing Trump, said he'd "vote for the Democrat" if he had to choose between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

    Trump Visits Southern Border to Make Case for a Border Wall

    [NATL] Trump Visits Southern Border to Make Case for a Border Wall

    President Donald Trump flew to Texas Thursday to tour the southern border and make the case for his proposed border wall. This comes as the federal government entered its 20th day of a partial shutdown. President Trump has refused to sign any bill that doesn’t include $5.7 billion in funding for the border wall.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019)

    Last week, The Washington Post reported that in 1979 when he was 32, Moore had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued romantic relationships with three other teenage girls around the same period. The women made their allegations on the record and the Post cited two dozen other sources.

    Moore denied last week molesting the 14-year-old but didn't flatly deny he'd dated teenagers, saying in an interview with conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, "It would have been out of my customary behavior."

    Nelson said that before the alleged incident that Moore signed her yearbook. A copy of her statement at the news conference included a picture of what she said was his signature and a message saying, "To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say, 'Merry Christmas.'"

    Federal Workers Juggling Shutdown Stress

    [NATL-DC] Federal Workers Juggling Shutdown Stress

    "I just go to the gym and juggle. Just a way to escape everything," Barry Goldmeier said. He's one of thousands of government employees furloughed during the shutdown. News4's Shomari Stone spoke to a therapist about other ways furloughed workers can cope with the stress.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019)

    The tumult comes with Republicans holding a scant 52-48 Senate majority as the GOP rushes to push a massive tax cut through Congress by Christmas. Facing near-certain unanimous opposition by Democrats, Republicans can lose just two GOP senators, and a Democratic pickup in Alabama would narrow their margin of error to one.

    Yet a Moore victory would open the party to relentless Democratic attacks in next year's elections.

    Jones' campaign released a statement Monday saying: "We applaud the courage of these women. Roy Moore will be held accountable by the people of Alabama for his actions."

    Amid Shutdown Stalemate, Trump Moves Toward Nat’l Emergency

    [NATL] Amid Shutdown Stalemate, Trump Moves Toward Nat’l Emergency

    President Donald Trump said Thursday he is likely to declare a national emergency to pay for his long-sought border wall after negotiations with Democrats broke down over the government shutdown.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019)

    Chandler reported from Montgomery, Alabama. Reporter Bruce Schreiner reported from Louisville, Kentucky, and Rhonda Shafner at the AP News Research Center contributed.