The beleaguered Alabama GOP nominee for Senate issued a statement Friday afternoon in response to Thursday’s article in The Washington Post, which quoted four women describing awkward encounters that took on a sexual nature although there was no intercourse.
“Yesterday, I made a statement that the allegations described in a Washington Post article against me about sexual impropriety were false,” said former Alabama chief justice Roy S. Moore.
“I strongly urge The Washington Post, and everyone involved, to tell the truth,” said Moore, who candidacy has been strongly opposed by Senate Majority Leader A. Mitchell McConnell (R.-Ky.) and members of McConnell’s political family, such as James S. “Josh” Homes II, a founding partner at the Wahington-based consultancy Cavalry. Holmes was the leader’s chief of staff and while working for McConnell devised the Republican’s “Repeal and Replace” messaging as part of its scheme to save Obamacare from actual repeal.
Moore faces Democrat G. Douglas Jones, who former U.S. Attorney under President William J. Clinton in the Dec. 12 special election.
Moore said the previous day took a toll on him and his wife.
“It has been a tough 24 hours because my wife and I were blindsided by an article based on a lie supported by innuendo,” he said. “It seems that in the political arena, to say that something is not true is simply not good enough, so let me be clear.”
The judge said he never acted in the way that the WashPost described–actions that included the claim by a woman, then 14-years-old, that Moore met her privately twice and on the second occasion, stripped her to her underwear as he to stripped to his underwear.
In this encounter, the woman said the then-assistant district attorney guided her hand to touch his underpants and he touched her bra.
Moore gave a blanket denial.
“I have never provided alcohol to minors, and I have never engaged in sexual misconduct,” he said. “As a father of a daughter and a grandfather of five granddaughters, I condemn the actions of any man who engages in sexual misconduct not just against minors but against any woman.”
Victims must be protected, he said.
“I also believe that any person who has been abused should feel the liberty to come forward and seek protection,” he said.
The judge said he is confused by the motives at play in the stories release.
“I know that a lot of people wonder why this story was written,” he said.
“Why would women say these things if they are not true? I can’t fully answer that because as much as I have disagreed vehemently on political issues with many people over the years, I cannot understand the mentality of using such a dangerous lie to try to personally destroy someone,” he said.
Moore said he is a man who respects the law and believes the law is in place to protect the vulnerable.
“As a former Judge and administer of the law, I take the protection of our innocent as one of my most sacred callings. False allegations are gravely serious and will have a profound consequence on those who are truly harassed or molested,” he said.
“That is all we can do, and I trust that the people of Alabama, who know my record after 40 years of public service, will vouch for my character and commitment to the rule of law.”
Congress Uses Fake Russia-Taliban Report as Excuse to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
Another victory for the war party.
Democrats are seizing upon a fake news report alleging that Russia has funded Taliban mercenaries to kill U.S. soldiers in order to make it more difficult for troops to be pulled from Afghanistan, thus undermining President Trump’s foreign policy agenda.
The House Armed Services Committee voted on Wednesday to make it more difficult for Trump to pull troops out of Afghanistan. It would force several certifications to be met before Trump could bring troops home. Republicans in the committee joined the Democrats to undermine Trump with the approval of this National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the neoconservative who supports Bush-era globalism, said the measure “lays out, in a very responsible level of specificity, what is going to be required if we are going to in fact make decisions about troop levels based on conditions on the ground and based on what’s required for our own security, not based on political timelines.” It was approved by a 45-11 vote.
The amendment requires an assessment to determine whether or not “state actors have provided any incentives to the Taliban, their affiliates, or other foreign terrorist organizations for attacks against United States, coalition, or Afghan security forces or civilians in Afghanistan in the last two years, including the details of any attacks believed to have been connected with such incentives” before troops can be removed from the country.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) bragged about how the measure will make sure the U.S. does not leave the region and more American lives are put in jeopardy for a war effort that is largely recognized to be a lost cause.
“There’s been bipartisan criticism of what a weak deal [Trump] got with the Taliban, a deal that is already falling apart,” Moulton said. “Now we learned that he was making this deal at the same time as there were bounties on the heads of American troops, American sons and daughters. We clearly need more oversight over what the president is doing in Afghanistan.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is the most eloquent voice for an “America First” foreign policy in the House, opposed the measure because of its obvious implications against peace.
“A great nation does not force the next generation to fight their wars, and that’s what we’ve done in Afghanistan,” Gaetz said. “I think the best day to have not had the war in Afghanistan was when we started it, and the next best day is tomorrow.
“I don’t think there’s ever a bad day to end the war in Afghanistan,” he added. “Our generation is weary of this and tired of this.”
The defense industry is pushing the Russia bogeyman yet again, in order to create xenophobic outrage and a pretense to keep troops occupying in the region. The Pentagon has reported that Russia is trying to expedite the removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but they are painting this news as if it is a bad thing.
“As of February, the Russian government was working with the central government, regional countries, and the Taliban to gain increased influence in Afghanistan, expedite a U.S. military withdrawal, and address security challenges that might arise from a withdrawal,” a report from the Pentagon said.
“Russia has politically supported the Taliban to cultivate influence with the group, limit the Western military presence, and encourage counter ISIS operations, although Russia publicly denies their involvement,” they added.
The political establishment, including the military-industrial complex, is pulling out all the stops to sabotage President Trump and deprive him of achieving his goals before November’s election.
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