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GOP Leaders Have Heard Roy Moore's Defense, And Many Are Skeptical

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore "are credible" and that he should exit the race in Alabama.

GOP Leaders Have Heard Roy Moore's Defense, And Many Are Skeptical
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Roy Moore said the sexual misconduct allegations against him are "fake news," but several high-profile Republicans aren't dismissing the accusations so quickly.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday the allegations against Moore "are credible" and that Moore should exit Alabama's U.S. Senate race.

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That echoes a statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. On Monday, McConnell said he believes the women and said Moore should step aside.

Many Republicans — including President Donald Trump — said Moore should leave the race if the allegations are true. But a growing number of GOP lawmakers now say they've heard Moore's defense and they don't think it's convincing.

Moore faces Democratic challenger Doug Jones in Alabama's special election on Dec. 12.