Roy Moore says he never dated girls without their mothers' permission, and denies allegations of sexual misconduct
In a radio interview Friday afternoon with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore said that allegations about his sexual misconduct toward minors "are completely false and misleading." Moore, who is accused of pursuing a number of women when they were teens and he was in his 30s, including Leigh Corfman, who said Moore kissed and fondled her and "guided her hand to touch him over his underwear" when she was just 14, told Hannity that he had "a special concern for the protection of young ladies," and denied ever meeting Corfman.
Moore, however, didn't exactly deny that he dated teenagers when he was in his 30s.
Sean Hannity just pressed Roy Moore on whether he dated teenagers when he was in his 30s. Moore said it would be "out of my customary behavior." pic.twitter.com/WDPM5IIu46
— Tom Dreisbach (@TomDreisbach) November 10, 2017
The former Alabama Supreme Court justice also implied that he had received permission to date the girls.
Roy Moore to @seanhannity: "I don't remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother"
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 10, 2017
Moore called accusations of his sexual misconduct "politically motivated," and hinted that his campaign planned to cast doubt on the accounts of his accusers, saying, "We're also doing an investigation and have some evidence of collusion here."
President Trump's former bodyguard Keith Schiller told the House Intelligence Committee that he personally turned down an offer for five women to come to Trump's hotel room in Moscow during the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant, NBC News reported Thursday. Schiller testified for four hours in front of the House Intelligence Committee this week and reportedly answered questions not only about Trump's visit to Russia in 2013 but also the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Two sources told NBC News that Schiller claimed to have discussed and laughed about the offer of women with Trump as he walked the future president to his hotel room. Schiller reportedly called the allegations made in the dossier compiled by Fusion GPS "bulls--t," although a source told NBC News that Schiller could not definitively say what occurred after he went to sleep and left Trump alone in his room. Two other sources said Schiller maintained confidence that nothing had happened after he left.
In a statement to NBC News, Schiller's lawyer questioned the credibility of the House Intelligence Committee. "The versions of Mr. Schiller's testimony being leaked to the press are blatantly false and misleading," the lawyer said.
Trump has previously called the dossier, which alleges that he is compromised by Russian intelligence services because of salacious conduct he engaged in in Moscow, "fake" and "a disgrace." Certain parts of the dossier have been confirmed by U.S. intelligence, and the testimony on Monday of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page confirmed meetings that had been alleged in the dossier as well. Still, the document's most explosive claims about Trump are unverified. Kelly O'Meara Morales