On Wednesday, Judge Roy Moore took a swipe at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., telling the Kentucky Republican to “bring it on” after pointing out that the establishment Republicans and the Democrats trying to sabotage his campaign are the very same ones who unsuccessfully tried to stop Donald Trump last year.
“The Republicans and Democrats who did everything they could to stop Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton are the very same people who are now trying to take us down with lies and smears,” he said.”
He later posted an open letter to Sean Hannity and issued a direct challenge to McConnell: “Bring. It. On.”
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On Wednesday, Politico reported that McConnell and his lieutenants are plotting to undermine the Alabama election to keep Moore out of the Senate:
With less than four weeks until the special election and no sign that the party’s besieged nominee will exit the race, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his top advisers are discussing the legal feasibility of asking appointed Sen. Luther Strange to resign from his seat in order to trigger a new special election.
McConnell aides express caution, saying they’re uncertain whether such a move, one of several options being discussed, is even possible. Yet the talks underscore the despair among top Republicans over relinquishing a seat in deep-red Alabama, further diminishing their slim Senate majority.
One scheme suggested running Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a write-in for the seat he held before becoming Attorney General.
But, Politico said, “the committee polled the prospect of Sessions waging a write-in bid and the outcome was unfavorable, said three people familiar with the results. Party officials worry that a write-in candidacy would serve only to split the Republican vote and seal a Jones victory.”
And, the report added, Sessions isn’t interested.
Republicans are engaged in a flurry of back-channel conversations. President Donald Trump spoke with McConnell on Wednesday morning and the Alabama race was a major topic of discussion, said several people briefed on the conversation. On Tuesday morning, Shelby spoke with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. During the discussion, Ivey dismissed the possibility of moving the date of the Dec. 12 election, an idea that had been floated by senior Republicans.
Also on Tuesday, the Alabama Republican congressional delegation met to walk through their options and opted to take a wait-and-see approach. None of the six members has withdrawn his or her endorsement of Moore.
Moore has indicated that he intends to sue media outlets for defamation, and questions have been raised about the veracity of claims made by the latest accuser.
According to Beverly Young Nelson, Moore allegedly assaulted her when she was 16. She even produced a yearbook reportedly autographed by Moore in 1977. But Moore has denied those reports and his lawyers are demanding the yearbook be made available for analysis.
According to Breitbart:
At a press conference here today, an attorney for Roy Moore’s senatorial campaign demanded that attorney Gloria Allred release the original copy of a yearbook that contains the only piece of physical evidence to be presented in the cases of five women who have gone public with stories alleging inappropriate conduct between Moore and teenage girls.
Phillip L. Jauregui raised several questions about an inscription in a yearbook that Allred’s client, Moore accuser Beverly Young Nelson, claims that Moore wrote to her in 1977.
He also stated that Moore’s signature was allegedly on a divorce document for Nelson from the time period that Moore was a judge, a detail that Nelson did not disclose at her press conference with Allred earlier this week where she first went public with her allegations.
“Release the yearbook so that we can determine if it genuine or is it a fraud,” Jauregui stated.
“We will send it to a neutral custodian who will take chain of custody and our professional expert will examine it and we’ll find out if it genuine or is it a fraud.”
Jauregui announced that Moore’s campaign attorneys are in the process of drafting a letter to Allred demanding that the yearbook be released.
Allred, however, is stalling while demanding Senate investigations into the matter.
Breitbart said it “contacted four signature and handwriting authentication experts certified by the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners. Each of the four independently arrived at the same conclusion, saying they would need the original yearbook inscription to definitively draw conclusions.”
The report adds:
Handwriting expert Linda L Mitchell told Breitbart News that “an absolute identification is very difficult without the original document because photographs and photocopies do not provide a three-dimensional view of handwriting, which would include pressure and line quality.”
“Those things are important if a definitive opinion to be reached. Anything less than that would not provide enough support for a definitive opinion unless the handwriting contains highly identifiable peculiarities,” Mitchell added.
Additionally, the accusations don’t seem to be having the desired impact. In a poll we set up earlier this week, less than three percent say they believe those accusing Moore, while over 93 percent say they believe him. Just under four percent say they don’t really know who to believe. That poll is still open, here.
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