SAYS DOJ WILL “DO ITS DUTY” IF FORMER JUDGE WINS SPECIAL ELECTION
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 14, 2017) — Under cryptic questioning by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that he “has no reason to doubt” the accounts of five women who have accused U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of actions ranging from purchasing liquor when one of them was underage to violent sexual assault.
Jackson Lee then asked Sessions if an investigation of the claims would be conducted by the Justice Department if Moore is elected next month and seated.
In response, Sessions said that the matter would normally be one handled at the state level. When pressed, Sessions said that the DOJ would “do its duty.”
Perhaps even more than her previous Democrat committee members, Jackson Lee fired off her queries in a military-style series while demanding that Sessions answer “yes” or “no” because of her limited time.
While asking about the Moore accusations, Jackson Lee held up their photos as released in the press.
Moore is seeking the Senate seat vacated by Sessions when he was confirmed as attorney general in February by that body as is constitutionally required.
On Monday evening, following a press conference held by the fifth accuser and high-profile California attorney Gloria Allred, some reports suggested that a campaign for Sessions to seek the Alabama Senate seat through a write-in effort was under way among some Republicans.
Former U.S. Attorney Douglas Jones is the Democrat facing Moore in the December 12 special election.
Moore has denied the claims, and his wife Kayla has suggested that evidence exists that the women were rewarded financially for making them. Both have pledged to file a lawsuit against The Washington Post, which presented the stories of the first four women.