White House: President Trump won't campaign for Roy Moore

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The allegations, including claims that the 70-year-old Moore sexually assaulted or molested two teenage girls while he was in his 30s, have made the December 12 election a referendum on "the character of the country" that transcends partisan politics, said GOP Senator Tim Scott of SC, as the party establishment cringed at Trump's latest intervention in the closely contested race.

President Donald Trump will not campaign for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore before the December 12 special election, a White House official said Monday.

"There is no evidence Roy Moore committed sexual harassment against any of the woman (sic) that have made these accusations or that Roy Moore is a sexual predator", a news release with the headline "Political Prisoner Matt Hale endorses Moore" states.

Trump has repeatedly slammed Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, calling him weak on crime and saying that Jones would not vote for a tax overhaul plan being debated in Congress. McConnell said Moore would immediately be subject to an ethics investigation if he is elected to the Senate. Moore denied the allegations of misconduct and said he never dated "underage" women.

Trump last week appeared to offer support to Moore despite allegations he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

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The official says Trump will not travel to Alabama on Moore's behalf, despite his public statements doubting the women accusing Moore of sexual assault.

Trump has declined to follow the path of other mainstream Republican leaders, who have called on Moore to step aside.

Jones, speaking to reporters in Birmingham, shrugged off Trump's criticisms, saying: "My record speaks for itself".

The Peoria Republican was asked about Moore during his stop at last week's McLean County Republican Party breakfast. He has instead chosen to go after Moore's opponent. At least five others have said he pursued romantic relationships when they were teenagers and he was a prosecutor.

Jones' campaign said Moore was "unfit" for office even before the allegations surfaced.

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