Politics How Senate Republicans could stop Roy Moore from becoming a senator

18:54  14 november  2017
18:54  14 november  2017 Source:   Vox.com

Two GOP senators withdraw Roy Moore endorsements after sexual misconduct allegations

  Two GOP senators withdraw Roy Moore endorsements after sexual misconduct allegations Two Republican senators have unendorsed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) following reported allegations of sexual misconduct against him. GOP Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) and Steve Daines (Mont.) both announced they would no longer endorse Moore for Senate on Friday night."Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from Judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate," Lee said in a statement.Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from J can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate.

On Roy Moore , Senate Republicans have options — just no consensus. Here’s how it would work. The push to “expel” Moore isn’t unprecedented — just extremely rare. If Moore wins the election and the Senate successfully pursues and expulsion vote, Moore would become the 16th person to have

✕ Alabama's Roy Moore would be the most extreme senator — with huge consequences for Congress. To understand how Moore could upend the balance of the Senate , it’s vital to understand his ideology — and why it puts him far afield from even the most conservative Republican currently in

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he believed the allegations against Roy Moore for sexual misconduct pursuing minors. Then National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said the Senate should “expel” Moore.

“If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate,” Gardner said in a statement.

These calls are growing among the Republican senators. Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Todd Young (R-IN) also joined in the call to expel him. More Republicans are saying Moore should withdraw from the race — even suggesting Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), who lost to Moore in the primary, run as a write-in candidate. (Strange has said it’s highly unlikely he will.) Finally, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) — who recently dropped out of his own primary reelection over distaste for Trump — said Alabama voters should cast their votes for Democrat Doug Jones.

The Latest: Moore uses sex claims to raise money

  The Latest: Moore uses sex claims to raise money The Latest on the debate over Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, who faces allegations that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year old girl decades ago. (all times local):4:30 p.m.Alabama Republican Roy Moore is trying to raise money for his U.S. Senate race on allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s.Moore wrote in his fundraising pitch that "the vicious and sleazy attacks against me are growing more vicious by the minute." He told supporters that he's counting on them to stand with him by "chipping in a donation,"Moore4:30 p.m.

Alabama Republican Roy Moore was in the Capitol on Tuesday to attend the Senate GOP’s weekly policy lunch. House Republicans will unveil their tax legislation Thursday, and it’s possible a new senator could vote on the final package if the effort takes longer than expected.

They could have voted for Strange to prevent Moore from becoming the nominee the way -- again, this wasn't a primary -- but the way that Republicans voted for Buddy Roemer in 1991 in Is anyone in the Senate -- are any Republicans going to say, "I don't want to be in the same party as Roy Moore .

Moore, who is now denying multiple first-person accounts of sexual assault and misconduct with teenage girls, has refused to step aside, instead saying the story is “false” and insisting he will sue the Washington Post, which broke the story.

But even mired in scandal, and with his national party turning against him, it’s still highly possible Moore could still win. The Alabama state GOP has rallied around him, and polls still show the former state Supreme Court judge in the lead.

Republicans have shown a willingness to look past a lot of Moore past actions. He’s previously questioned Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) position in Congress for being a Muslim, said he believes homosexuality should be illegal, and has twice been removed from his seat on Alabama’s top court for defying federal orders — and to all that Republicans said they could tolerate Moore as long as he was a team player.

Poll: Large majority believes Moore should drop out

  Poll: Large majority believes Moore should drop out Americans believe by a nearly three-to-one margin that Alabama Republican Roy Moore should drop out of the race for the state's Senate seat, according to a new poll released Tuesday. Sixty-three percent of Americans say that Moore should step aside amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. Only 23 percent surveyed believe he should stay in the race."Roy Moore has to go, say American voters," said Tim Mallow, assistant director of the Quinnipiac survey. "But the only voters who matter are in Alabama.

Senate Republican leaders are making clear they would rather have a Democrat join them in the Senate than Roy Moore , who has been accused of If nearly half of Senate Republicans join with all 48 Democratic senators , they could kick out the newest Alabama senator shortly after he takes a seat.

Most Senate Republicans , desperate to prevent Moore from bringing his fiery conservatism to A Moore upset could trigger a wave of primary challenges against GOP incumbents in the midterm. Byron York: In dossier probe, Fusion GPS asks court to stop House from seeing bank records.

With the election less than a month away, there is a looming dilemma for Republicans that remains unresolved. Gardner’s idea about expelling Moore is likely the only real option they Congress has control over — and it would be a major moment in the history of the institution. Here’s how it would work.

The push to “expel” Moore isn’t unprecedented — just extremely rare

If Moore wins the election and the Senate successfully pursues and expulsion vote, Moore would become the 16th person to have been forcibly removed from the Senate.

It’s an authority granted to the Senate in the constitution: "Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member."

Meaning, following a review and recommendation from the Senate Ethics Committee, 67 senators would have to vote Moore out. Since Democrats would likely all support expelling Moore, 19 Republicans would have to join the effort for it to happen.

Roy Moore says he's being 'harassed' by the media

  Roy Moore says he's being 'harassed' by the media Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says he's being hounded by the news media over sexual allegations against him, while briefly addressing the controversy Tuesday night. "Why do you think they're giving me this trouble? Why do you think I'm being harassed by media and by people pushing allegations in the last 28 days of the election? ... After 40-something years of fighting this battle, I'm now facing allegations and that's all the press wants to talk about," Moore said while speaking at a church conference in Jackson, Alabama.

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore flatly denied allegations that he had sexual contact with a I believe they’re brought only to stop a very successful campaign, and that’s what they’re doing.” Only Arizona Senator John McCain was unequivocal in his statement that Moore should withdraw.

How could ol’ Judge Roy let this happen? You are killing democracy and you don’t know it or care. Senate . republicans . steve bannon. roy moore .

Such a vote hasn’t successfully passed since 1862, when Indiana Democrat Sen. Jesse Bright was expelled from the Senate for allegedly committing treason by writing a letter to “His Excellency, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederation of States.”

There have been 15 senators in United States history expelled from the Senate — 14 of whom supported the confederacy. Since, many have been considered for such an action. Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR) resigned in 1995 amid sexual harassment allegations, after being recommended for expulsion. Sen. Harrison Williams (D-NJ) resigned in 1982after being convicted for bribery in the Abscam scandal the year before, and Sen. Truman Newberry (R-MI), threatened with more legal action over an overturned campaign finance violation conviction, resigned after surviving an expulsion vote in the Senate.

Most recently, there have already been rumblings of an expulsion push against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) who is currently in trial for bribery charges.

Expulsion is a power McConnell has. As Ronald Krotoszynski Jr., a law professor at the University of Alabama, wrote for the New York Times, “on principle and precedent, Mr. McConnell’s choice is clear”:

Jeff Sessions isn't interested in returning to the Senate

  Jeff Sessions isn't interested in returning to the Senate Republicans are scrambling to figure out how to replace Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate raceAttorney General Jeff Sessions has no interest in returning to the Senate, sources close to him told CBS News on Wednesday.

Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore is questioned by the media in the Capitol on Oct 31, 2017. Sen . John McCain, R-Ariz., said Moore “should not be a United States senator , no matter what it takes.”

If Roy Moore becomes Alabama’s next senator , he can bring his gun to the Capitol, but it can ’t be loaded and must be securely wrapped. The gun-toting, Bible-quoting, conservative firebrand will likely shake up the Senate whether he can wave his firearm around or not.

To the extent that Mr. Moore is entitled to a defense against expulsion, the Senate could initiate fitness proceedings now, before the election, to ascertain whether the accusations against him are credible; alternately, it could suspend his swearing-in until after the investigative proceedings are concluded. If Mr. Moore chose to ignore them, the Senate could simply conclude that he lacks the character and fitness to serve — as Mr. Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, surely knows, failing to contest an adjudicative proceeding results in a default judgment.

For now, there have been a growing number of calls for action, but no definitive direction forward from Republican leadership.

So far, only one Republican has tried to stop Moore’s election by saying Alabamians should vote for the Democrat

While several, including McConnell, have suggested running a last-minute write-in Republican candidate in the race to oust Moore, Sen. Flake offered another option:

“If the choice is between Roy Moore and a Democrat, I would run to the polling place to vote for the Democrat,” Flake said Monday. He’s the only Republican to take that position so far.

Flake is a retiring senator who has made his exit a stand for morality and conservative values in the Republican Party. It’s a position a number of former — but not active — Republican officials took during the 2016 election, voting for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

How Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby plans to vote on Election Day

  How Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby plans to vote on Election Day "I'm not going to write myself in," said Shelby about the special election for Alabama's other senatorAlabama Senator Richard Shelby says he's planning to write-in a "distinguished Republican" for theAlabama Senate race amid growing sexual assault allegations against candidate Judge Roy Moore.

Roy Moore wants to be the new U.S. Senator from Alabama so he could use the position to push his ultra-religious agenda. Here’s how to stop him. During his campaign for the Republican primary, Roy Moore insinuated that he was needed in the Senate because “there are communities under

Others equated the moment to David Duke’s Republican senate and Louisiana gubernatorial campaigns in the 1990s. At the time, faced with a former Ku Klux Klansman at the top of the Republican ticket, eight Republican senators publicly called for the election to go to Democrat.

A year later, when Duke tried to run for governor, President George H. W. Bush just stopped short of an outright endorsement of the Democratic candidate:

“I have got to be careful, because I don't want to tell the voters of Louisiana how to cast their ballot ... When someone has a long record, an ugly record of racism and of bigotry, that record simply cannot be erased by the glib rhetoric of a political campaign. So I believe David Duke is an insincere charlatan. I believe he's attempting to hoodwink the voters of Louisiana, I believe he should be rejected for what he is and what he stands for.”

While unlikely, it’s not impossible for Democrat Doug Jones, a US attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, to win the race. Since the allegations, the polls have tightened, and Jones, running a centrist ticket, has campaigned on working with Republicans.

Even so, Republicans have already gone far lengths with Moore to avoid the election of a Democrat. And needless to say Moore remains popular with Trump’s biggest fans. Trump has not offered this directive.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to vote for Roy Moore in Senate race despite sex allegations .
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Friday that she will vote for beleaguered GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in next month's special election in the hope of preserving Republican control of Congress. Moore, a former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, has been accused of sexual misconduct toward several women who were in their teens when he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s.One of the women told The Washington Post that Moore tried to initiate a sexual encounter with her when she was 14. Another said Moore assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress after he offered to drive her home.

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