Mnuchin: Moore should 'step down' if allegations 'prove to be true'

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight The Hill’s Morning Report – Treasury, Fed urge more spending, lending to ease COVID-19 wreckage Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen MORE said Sunday that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) should step down from his campaign if the sexual misconduct allegations against him “prove to be true.”

“I only know what I see on TV and what I read in the paper. But if the allegations prove to be true, he should step down,” Mnuchin told CNN’s “State of the Union.”


Host Jake Tapper pressed Mnuchin about the allegations, which were levied against Moore in a story published last week by The Washington Post, asking if Mnuchin believes Moore should step aside “based on what we know now.”

“Again, I’m not an expert on this issue,” Mnuchin said. “But what I say is people should investigate this issue and get the facts. And if these allegations are true, absolutely. This is incredibly inappropriate behavior.” 

Moore has denied the allegation that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was 32. The Post’s report also included accounts from three other women who said Moore tried to court them around the same time period, when they were between 16 and 18 years old. 

In an interview on Friday, Moore admitted he may have dated teenaged women during that time period, but said he did not “remember anything like that.”

The Moore campaign has argued the allegations are politically motivated and has questioned the report’s timing, which comes several weeks before the Alabama special election.

Moore is slated to face off against Democrat Doug Jones in the race for the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE.
-This post was updated at 4 p.m.

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