MOORE WANTS MORE: Roy Moore challenges outcome of Alabama Senate race; Claims fraud

MONTGOMERY, AL — Defeated Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore filed suit on Thursday to block state officials from certifying the victory of his Democratic rival on the grounds of “systematic voter fraud.”

Moore, who was caught up in a sexual harassment claim in the weeks prior to the election, filed suit in Circuit Court claiming fraud had tainted the results of the December 12 special election. According to results published by the Alabama Secretary of State, Moore lost to Democratic rival Doug Jones by fewer than 22,000 votes.

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement released Wednesday ahead of the court filing.

Jones’s transition team on Thursday issued a statement in response to the filing saying the lawsuit was “a desperate attempt by Roy Moore to subvert the will of the people.”

“The election is over,” the statement continued, “it’s time to move on.”

The complaint, says Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, will do nothing to prevent Jones from being certified the winner.

“It is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones will be certified (Thursday) at 1 p.m. and he will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the third of January,” Merrill said in a statement late Wednesday night.

Jones and Moore were competing to fill the U.S. Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who left his role to work for the Trump administration.

Merrill said that thus far his office has found no evidence to support Moore’s allegations of voter fraud, but that his investigators will pursue any claims that Moore submits.

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FRANKENGATE: Democratic Senator Al Franken hit with allegations of sexual assault

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Democratic Senator Al Franken was hit with allegations Thursday of kissing and groping a woman without her consent.

Leeann Tweeden, a radio news anchor with KABC in Los Angeles, said she met Franken in December 2006 while on USO tour to entertain military members, and it was then that the sexual assault occurred.

“In December of 2006, I embarked on my ninth USO Tour to entertain our troops, my eighth to the Middle East since the 9/11 attacks. My father served in Vietnam and my then-boyfriend (and now husband, Chris) is a pilot in the Air Force, so bringing a ‘little piece of home’ to servicemembers stationed far away from their families was both my passion and my privilege,” Tweeden said in a statement (http://www.kabc.com/2017/11/16/leeann-tweeden-on-senator-al-franken/).

“(Franken) put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth,” Tweeden claims. “All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.I felt disgusted and violated.”

In a lengthy statement, Franken admitted to the incident and said he regretted any pain it may have caused.

“The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women,” the junior United States Senator from Minnesota wrote.

“I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t,” he continued. “And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.”

The allegations against Franken are just the latest in a series of accusations against high ranking members of the government and entertainment industries.

Over the course of the past month, Alabama Senatorial candidate Roy Moore, actor/director Woody Allen and media mogul Harvey Weinstein have been accused of sexual assault by women who claim they were too intimidated to come forward before.

Meanwhile, lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic sides have called for an investigation into the allegations against Franken.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called the accusations “troubling” and said
“sexual harassment is never acceptable and must not be tolerated.”

 

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Hannity withdraws support for Roy Moore; ‘Explain yourself or exit Senate race’

NEW YORK, NY — Fox News host Sean Hannity turned the tables on embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama, telling viewers during his Tuesday night show that Moore has “24 hours” to explain conflicting answers to the sexual misconduct allegations against him or withdraw from the race.

“You must immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory explanation for your inconsistencies,” Hannity demanded. “You must remove any doubt. If he can’t do this, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race.”

Hannity’s sudden change of heart toward the Alabama judge comes after a number of sponsors withdrew advertising from Hannity’s nightly news program in response to his initial support of Moore, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault.

Moore has steadfastly denied the claims and insists the allegations against him are no part of a “witch hunt” to bring him down.

“How do you know if it’s true? How do we — what’s true? What’s not true? How do you ascertain the truth? What happens when it’s 38 years later?” Hannity asked last week on his radio show after interviewing Moore.

But Hannity says he’s since spotted some glaring inconsistencies in Moore’s story that concern him.

“Between this interview that I did and the inconsistent answers. Between him saying ‘I never knew this girl,’ and then that yearbook comes out,” Hannity said on Tuesday night’s show, referencing a yearbook produced by one of Moore’s accusers which appears to show his signature. “You must remove any doubt. If you can’t do this, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race.”

Hannity is not the only big name Conservative who seems to be losing trust in Moore.

According to a report by The Daily Beast (https://www.thedailybeast.com/steve-bannon-and-allies-have-second-thoughts-about-roy-moore-sources-say), Steve Bannon, who has been one of Moore’s most vocal defenders in regard to the controversy, allegedly told insiders that he too has developed doubts.

The Breitbart chairman said, “I will put him in a grave myself,” if he determines that Moore was lying to him about the numerous accusations, a source close to Bannon told The Beast.

Calls for comment to Moore’s representative were met with “no comment”.

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