A great debate embroiling our nation is whether Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is guilty of assaulting a 14-year-old girl, whether the accusations are fabricated as a political ploy to destroy him, or whether the flurry of allegations alone is enough to disqualify him in the court of public opinion from being a senator. Now U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has weighed in.
Moore, who has a history of fighting for conservative values while a chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has been campaigning for Sessions’ seat after Sessions left the Senate to join President Trump’s administration.
On Tuesday morning, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) grilled Sessions’ for his opinion of Moore’s accusers during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Three other women have claimed that Moore dated them when they were teenagers — but at the age of consent — and he was in his 30s. They did not accuse him of non-consensual sexual contact, according to the Washington Post.
Joining the woman who said she was assaulted by Moore when she was 14, a second woman on Monday claimed that Moore had attacked her. 16 at the time, the woman was at the age of consent in Alabama but said Moore tried to rape her while they were in a car.
Lee asked for Sessions’ take on the accusers’ stories on Tuesday, according to The Hill.
“I have no reason to doubt these young women,” Sessions said after being shown pictures of them and Moore.
Sessions has been advised to steer clear of any future investigation his agency may conduct on Moore, but Sessions did make it clear that if these accusations do lead to an investigation, “We will do our duty.”
Also on Monday, The New Yorker reported a rumor that Moore was banned from the popular Gadsden Mall in Alabama in the 1980s because he harassed teenage girls. Several law enforcement officials said they had known of the rumor for years but could not confirm its authenticity.
The mall’s ban list does not go back that many years. Two of Moore’s accusers say they first met him at that mall.
What do you think of all this? In other news, a former ESPN reporter is going after a popular men’s magazine after they bestowed their highest honor on Colin Kaepernick and commemorated him on their cover.