Late last week Judge Roy Moore (R-AL) sat down with Fox News’ Sean Hannity to discuss the ongoing issues his campaign is having with accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior.
During that discussion Moore denied many of the accusations against him and promised to keep fighting for the people of Alabama.
Sadly, on Monday another accusation against Moore surfaced and Hannity was forced to issue an ultimatum on the issue:
I do not and will never rush to judgment. Because we have seen the media and politicians get it wrong so many times, I’ve outlined all of that. Now, in light of new information about Judge Roy Moore, we have to address this issue again tonight. We should be troubled by two things in this case. When the Washington Post story first broke, I said that the allegations should be taken seriously. They should be fully investigated. This is serious — it’s a 14-year-old girl. We need to discover the truth. I also said I can understand when women wait years to come forward to because of the evil that, in cases where men are guilty, it’s evil trauma. I can understand people having a difficult time talking about it, even years later….
He denied knowing this fifth accuser, but this accuser has brought forth a yearbook that Moore appeared to sign, ‘To a sweeter, more beautiful girl, I could not say Merry Christmas. … Love, Roy Moore, DA.’ I looked at the handwriting. I know some people on Twitter have said things about this…
Here’s where I am tonight, between this interview that I did and the inconsistent answers, between him saying I never knew this girl and then that yearbook comes out. For me, the judge has 24 hours. You must immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory [explanation] for your inconsistencies that I just showed. You must remove any doubt. If you can’t do this, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race. This country has way too many issues and problems. The American people deserve 100% truth and honesty. We need correct answers the first time on issues this serious. Judge Moore, you owe that to the people of Alabama, the Republican Party that you represent, and to the country, which is suffering under so many problems. We deserve answers, consistent answers, and truth.
On Thursday, Judge Moore responded to Hannity’s ultimatum via a letter he released on his Facebook page.
I am suffering the same treatment other Republicans have had to endure.
A month prior to the general election for U.S. Senate in Alabama, I have been attacked by the Washington Post and other liberal media in a desperate attempt to smear my character and defeat my campaign.
Over the last 40 years I have held several public offices, including Deputy District Attorney, Circuit Judge, and Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. In addition to running five statewide and three county campaigns for public office, I have been involved in two major controversies that attracted national attention, one about the Ten Commandments and the other the sanctity of marriage.
The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission, Court of the Judiciary, and Attorney General have investigated, scrutinized, examined, and vetted me, not to mention every opposing candidate against whom I have run.
I have been married for almost 33 years to my wife Kayla. We have four children and five granddaughters.
We are in the process of investigating these false allegations to determine their origin and motivation. For instance, we have documented that the most recent accuser, Beverly Nelson, was a party in a divorce action before me in Etowah County Circuit Court in 1999. No motion was made for me to recuse. In her accusations, Nelson did not mention that I was the judge assigned to her divorce case in 1999, a matter that apparently caused her no distress at a time that was 18 years closer to the alleged assault. Yet 18 years later, while talking before the cameras about the supposed assault, she seemingly could not contain her emotions.
My signature on the order of dismissal in the divorce case was annotated with the letters “D.A.,” representing the initials of my court assistant. Curiously the supposed yearbook inscription is also followed by the same initials—”D.A.” But at that time I was Deputy District Attorney, not district attorney. Those initials as well as the date under the signature block and the printed name of the restaurant are written in a style inconsistent with the rest of the yearbook inscription. The “7’s” in “Christmas 1977” are in a noticeably different script than the “7’s” in the date “12-22-77.” I believe tampering has occurred.
Are we at a stage in American politics in which false allegations can overcome a public record of 40 years, stampede the media and politicians to condemn an innocent man, and potentially impact the outcome of an election of national importance? When allegations of events occurring 40 years ago—and never before mentioned during a 40-year career of public service—are brought out and taken seriously only 30 days before a critical election, we may be in trouble as a country.
I adamantly deny the allegations of Leigh Corfman and Beverly Nelson, did not date underage girls, and have taken steps to begin a civil action for defamation. Because of that, at the direction of counsel, I cannot comment further.
– Roy S. Moore.