A fifth accuser of Roy Moore says he assaulted her when she was 16. Additional Republicans distanced themselves from Moore, raising the very real prospect that he might get expelled from the Senate even if he wins the election.
Senate Republicans will be forced to seat Judge Roy Moore if he wins a special election next month to fill Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, but if he wins, he would likely face a quick expulsion vote that will end his Senate career before it begins.
Republicans began signaling last week they don’t want Moore in the Senate, and that sentiment picked up steam on Monday after a woman stepped forward and claimed Moore sexually assaulted her in his car when she was 16. Beverly Young Nelson said after she resisted, Moore either pushed her out of his car or she fell to the ground as Moore sped away.
A few ideas surfaced over the weekend about how Republicans might be able to deny Moore his Senate seat, but Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, outlined the most likely path forward: expulsion.