Representatives for Judge Roy Moore are fighting back against what they call a new “character assassination” attempt on the 2017 Republican Alabama Senate nominee.
Team Moore released an email from Washington Post reporter Shawn Boburg, defusing a story that people “associated with the Moore campaign” made some kind of reference to a cash payout for Moore accuser Leigh Corfman while contacting Corfman’s lawyer. Women accused Moore of dating them while they were teenagers, but major discrepancies exist in the story. One accuser who claimed Moore signed her high school yearbook admitted that she forged at least part of Moore’s signature.
Team Moore says the two people who allegedly approached Corfman’s lawyer were not part of the campaign, had no real access to the candidate, and would have been “condemned” by Judge Moore if this event actually happened.
Big League Politics revealed that former Jeb Bush campaign operative Tim Miller gave the Washington Post the information for the original hit pieces on Judge Moore. Miller admitted to the scheme in a series of text messages with writer Charles C. Johnson, who cleverly goaded Miller into giving up the ruse.
But the Washington Post is still going.
Here is the email in question.
I’m a reporter at The Washington Post. I’m writing because I’m trying to reach Judge Roy Moore for comment on a story.
It has to do with efforts to undermine one of the women who accused Roy Moore of sexual impropriety during the election, Leigh Corfman.
Two men who were associated with Mr. Moore’s campaign – Gary Lantrip and Bert Davi – approached Ms. Corfman’s attorney shortly after her allegations went public. The lawyer, Eddie Sexton, claims that they offered him $10,000 to issue a false public statement saying he had dropped her as a client because he didn’t believe her. The Post has obtained audio recordings and text messages in which Mr. Lantrip boasts of his ties to Roy Moore and Steve Bannon and makes veiled references to money in conversations with Mr. Sexton.
In interviews, both Mr. Lantrip and Mr. Davi, indicated that they were courted by the Moore campaign and that they met with Mr. Moore multiple times, including at the time they were trying to get Mr. Sexton to issue a statement.
I’d like to ask Mr. Moore about his interactions with Mr. Lantrip and Mr. Davi, including video we have obtained showing Mr. Moore and Kayla Moore huddling with the two men at a campaign event at a church in Jackson, Alabama. The two men also attended a closed-door fundraiser in Washington D.C. on Nov. 1.
Was Mr. Moore aware of any offer of money to Mr. Sexton?
Did anyone in his campaign authorize or know about this contact?
I’d prefer to speak to Mr. Moore directly by phone if possible. I may be reached at 202-334-4370 (office) or 202-604-7969 (cell).
This is an urgent request, so please get back to me as soon as possible today.
The Email Ends
Team Moore is hitting each of the allegations in the reporter’s email one by one, refusing to shy down from what they believe is an attempted smear job on the Judge.
Here are Team Moore’s statements about the contents of the email:
“During the campaign, Mr. Lantrip and Mr. Davi approached campaign staff about participating in fundraisers, and they did meet Judge Moore. However, they did not have any special access to Judge Moore, nor were they ever commissioned with any special tasks by the campaign team.
“As to the allegation by Eddie Sexton against Mr. Lantrip and Mr. Davi, we have no ability to comment on that at all, but rest assured, that Judge Moore would have condemned any such action if it were true.
“AL.com did report that Attorney Eddie Sexton did drop representation of Leigh Corfman shortly after the news broke of her allegations but never explained why. We had nothing to do with that. This is another attempt by the media to create fake news. Looks like Washington Post would be more interested in the money trail associated with the Democrat Party and Highway 31.
“It is unfortunate that we find ourselves in a position of consistently doubting the motive and truthfulness of any line of questioning coming from the Washington Post given their recent slanderous attacks on Judge Moore’s character. It has diminished their standing as a newspaper and is an unfortunate loss for the American public.”