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Ted Cruz Withdraws Support for Roy Moore: 'If True, Allegations Merit Criminal Prosecution'

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In an interview with the Texas Tribune, Senator Ted Cruz has withdrawn his support for Alabama Republican candidate for Senate Judge Roy Moore because of the many accusations in recent days of sexual misconduct towards minors.

“These allegations are deeply concerning,” Cruz said on Monday. “We’ve now seen multiple serious allegations of criminal conduct. One of two things should happen. If these allegations are true, Judge Moore should drop out now. Today.”

Secondly, Cruz said, “if these allegations are not true, then Judge Moore needs to come forward with a strong, persuasive rebuttal demonstrating that they are untrue.”

As it stands, Cruz continued, “the people of Alabama are faced with an untenable choice. And so it is my hope one of those two options will occur very, very quickly.”

His conclusion:

I am not able to urge the people of Alabama to support his candidacy so long as these allegations remain un-refuted. Both last week and this week, there are serious charges of criminal conduct that if true, not only make him unfit to serve in the Senate but merit criminal prosecution.

Cruz made these statements to the Texas Tribune several hours after Beverly Young Nelson accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was only 16 years old. According to Nelson, Moore tried to force himself on her in 1977. Although she told some members of her inner circle what had happened in years past, she kept her mouth shut in public, she said, out of fear of Moore.

These accusations clearly got to Cruz, who believes them to be credible enough to withdraw his support for Moore. And he’s not alone. According to ABC News, at least 10 Republican senators are publicly calling on Moore to drop out now.