Paul Ryan says sex allegations against Roy Moore are 'credible'


House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday joined the chorus of lawmakers calling on embattled GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore to end his run for office over accusations he pursued sexual and romantic relationships with teenage girls.

Ryan said the Alabama jurist should step aside because the “allegations are credible.”

Multiple women have come forward to say Moore pursued relationships with them when he was in his 30s and they were teens.

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Beverly Nelson (L) shows a school year book with attorney Gloria Allread during a news conference announcing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican congressional candidate Roy Moore, in New York, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Accuser Beverly Young Nelson, reacts while reading a statement claiming that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16, in New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Attorney Gloria Allred stands with accuser Beverly Young Nelson, holding a sketch of herself made when she was 16 after reading a statement claiming that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16, in New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beverly Nelson (L) reacts as she reads a statement to reporters with attorney Gloria Allred during a news conference announcing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican congressional candidate Roy Moore, in New York, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Beverly Young Nelson (L) speaks to the media with her lawyer Gloria Allred, at a news conference where she has accused Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing her when she was 16 on November 13, 2017 in New York City. Moore, a controversial politician who recently won a run-off against Luther Strange for Alabama's Senate seat, is currently fighting accusations alleging that he pursued sexual relationships with teenagers -- including a 14-year-old -- when he was in his 30s. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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GOP and Democratic pols alike piled on Moore as a new poll showed his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, with a lead in the race for the first time over the weekend.

The Washington Post reported last week that Moore had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s, and pursued romantic relationships with other teenagers. Moore has denied the accounts.

Meanwhile, Alabama secretary of state John Merrill said Tuesday that he is still supporting Moore, saying that his accusers could be “making it up.”

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