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White House: Trump thinks Moore will 'step aside' if allegations are true

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Friday that President Trump hopes Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore will "do the right thing and step aside" if the accusations from four women who say he pursued them when they were teens are true.

"Like most Americans, the president believes we cannot allow a mere allegation — in this case one from many years ago — to destroy a person's life," Sanders said. In The Washington Post report, Moore was also accused by one of the women, Leigh Corfman, of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was only 14 years old and he was 32 and working in a district attorney's office. The article was deeply sourced, with the reporters interviewing more than 30 people, and has been confirmed by CBS News and other outlets. Trump has previously tweeted his support of Moore, a former judge, calling him "a really great guy" in September.