Gardner, who's heading the national Republicans' Senate campaign arm this cycle, endorsed Moore in September after he won the primary - a pitched battle between establishment Republicans backing unusual and Moore supporters, including former top Trump strategist Steve Bannon - saying the NRSC has always been focused on "keeping a strong Republican majority in the Senate, and that includes Alabama". Corfman alleges that Moore approached her and her mother outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Alabama, offering to watch her while her mom went inside for a child custody hearing.
"I have prayed over this", she said.
She thought: "I don't want to do this" and 'I need to get out of here'.
Corfman said she asked Moore to drive her home.
Moore got her phone number and, days later, took her on a 30-minute drive to his home in the woods, where he kissed her and told her she was pretty, according to Corfman. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she told the Post, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
A news report published Thursday by the Washington Post described a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl initiated by Moore when he was 32. She says that she got dressed and asked Moore to take her home, and that he did. Debbie Wesson Gibson says she was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class and asked her out on the first of several dates that did not progress beyond kissing.
UPDATE: Senators Susan Collins, Mike Lee, and Steve Daines are also distancing themselves from Moore and calling on him to step down "if the allegations are true".
The legal age of consent, then and now, in Alabama is 16.
And National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Cory Gardner said in a statement, "If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election".More news: Star Wars Battlefront 2 lays out its FREE DLC Plans
In a written statement, Moore, 70, denied Corfman's claims.
No, there's no denial in there.
The Republican side of this race is now a complete mess.
The special election between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones is scheduled for December 12.
"First of all, it's too late to substitute a candidate", said John Merrill, the Alabama secretary of state, a Republican. An attempt to amend the names on the ballot filed after this date, moreover, "shall not be cause for reprinting of the ballots".
If Moore's name is withdrawn, there is no process to replace a candidate with another candidate's name. The Senate bill released today reportedly also does not include it.
Finally, Senate rules permit senators to be expelled from the body by a two-thirds vote.
Then during another visit, he removed her shirt and trousers and took off his own clothing.
Yeah, that'd be a show, for sure. He won the Republican nomination in September besting appointed incumbent Luther Strange by a margin of 55%-45% despite Strange's support from Donald Trump and the entire machinery of the Republican party.
"Judge Moore will be the candidate on the ballot with this election cycle remaining on the schedule it's now on". If Moore stands strong, this could end up as a thoroughgoing Republican bloodbath on some very nasty terrain. When we become one nation under God again, when liberty and justice for all reigns across our land.