The big talk coming out of the GOP now that a 5th accuser has come forward is that if Judge Roy Moore wins, then they will expel him. There’s only one problem with that bluster — they probably can’t. According to some legal experts, if Moore is elected, the fact that his behavior was known to the voters well in advance of the election, but voters chose him anyway, might prove to be a total block to expelling Moore. (see video below …)
According to the Wall Street Journal’s Shelby Holiday:
“I was speaking to some legal experts today and they said it would be hard for the Senate to expel a candidate whose allegations were known before the election. In other words, voters knew what he was accused of — if they still choose to elect him, that gets them into poltical hot water. It’s not to say they can’t do it but are you going to override the will of voters?”
Of course, for anyone who believes the women over Moore’s denials, the “going against the will of the people” argument might ring hollow. But imagine another scenario where YOUR candidate is being accused of malfeasance. Let’s say you don’t buy the accusations like the Alabama voters who still choose Moore. Should your candidate of choice be expelled?
This despite the latest accuser’s story being harder for Moore and his allies to deny. Unlike the others, she went before cameras to tell her story. One thing she wasn’t was an actress. It was truly painful to watch. Furthermore, Moore cannot deny knowing this one as he (in a creepy way) signed her yearbook. In addition to that, any “political” accusations will likely fall on deaf ears as she and her husband are Trump supporters. Hardly the “liberal democrats” that deniers want to pin on anyone who threatens their precious GOP Senate seat.
Check out this video outlining the latest accusers story and how expulsion might not be a viable option below:
Expulsion, so far, seems to be the Senate’s only course to save face. As the Washington Examiner reports:
“I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office,” Gardner said. “If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also hinted he’s prepared to pull the plug on Moore’s Senate career by expelling him, should he win.
“In light of the most recent allegations and the cumulative effect of others, I believe #RoyMoore would be doing himself, the state, the GOP, and the country a service by stepping aside,” Graham tweeted Monday. “If he continues this will not end well for Mr. Moore.”
Legal experts agree that expulsion may be the only way for Congress to rid itself of Moore, who, under the Constitution, is entitled to take his seat if he prevails against Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12.
If Moore is expelled, rumors are flying that they might encourage Jeff Sessions to go back to his Senate seat. That too may be more complicated than it seems on the surface to pull off in light of the Attorney General’s seemingly fraudulent testimony in multiple hearings on the Russia investigation.