How the Roy Moore Sexual Misconduct Scandal Has Evolved

US Senate candidate Moore's wife says 'he will not step down'

US Senate candidate Moore's wife says 'he will not step down'

Al Franken is now among the ranks of a growing list of men who have been called out for engaging in behavior that has left women feeling harassed, violated, and confused after a Los Angeles news anchor named Leann Tweeden said the former comedian said he kissed and groped her without her consent.

Franken released a second apology, after many viewed his initial apology as incomplete and lackluster, and he has requested a Senate ethics investigation into his actions.

Until now, the White House had tried to distance Trump from a rolling series of scandals that have reverberated from Hollywood to the halls of Congress.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R.) said Friday that she has "no reason to disbelieve" the women who have accused Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct but will still vote for her party's nominee.

But the USA president appeared unwilling to pass up an opportunity to attack a Democrat who has been hyper-critical of his conduct as president.

But this intervention may pose more political risk for the 71-year-old.

Earlier on Thursday, the White House said Trump believes the allegations against Moore were "very troubling and should be taken seriously".

"Many of you have recognized that this is an effort by Mitch McConnell and his cronies to steal this election from the people of Alabama, and they will not stand for it", Moore told reporters.

Since the allegations against Mr. Moore became public, Mr. Jones has said little about them, content to let the story unfold without his input.

Moore himself called the allegations "unsubstantiated", "unproven" and "fake" but refused to answer questions from reporters about the allegations. Alabama party officials have staunchly defended Mr. Moore, while national party leaders said he should drop out of the race if the claims proved to be true.

Republicans hold a 52-48 Senate. majority.

Privately some Republicans admit the race may now be lost, with the Republican vote split between Moore's die-hard supporters and so-called "write-in" candidates who are not on the ballot.

Republicans control 54 of 100 seats in the Senate, but if Democrats win in Alabama, victories in tight races in Arizona and Nevada and an upset elsewhere would put them in charge.

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