WASHINGTON— Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers Tuesday that he believes the women who have leveled sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore.
“I … have no reason to doubt these young women,” Sessions said during testimony before an oversight hearing from the House Judiciary Committee.
Sessions added that he was advised by ethics officials within the Justice Department to not publicly weigh in on the race, which will fill Sessions’ old Senate seat.
The Attorney General noted that the allegations against Moore would typically be handled on the state level, but that the Justice Department will “evaluate every case to see if it should be investigated.”
Five women have accused Moore of a multiple inappropriate actions, ranging from attempting to initiate a relationship with them while teenagers to sexual assault.
The Moore campaign has denied the allegations, dismissing them as “fake news.”
Earlier Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said that the allegations are “credible” and that Moore should exit the race.
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) similarly said that he believes the women and that Moore should drop out.
Alabama’s special election is scheduled to be held on Dec. 12.