The Roy Moore quagmire is the pressure to get him to resign, but the inability to make him do so.
Donald Trump is coming home from Asia to dive into a Roy Moore quagmire. Republicans want Trump to get him to resign, but he doesn’t have the power to make him do so. Republicans seem to be more scared that Moore will win.
But why? It seems to me that they could hold hearings, having lawyers representing all parties question people under oath. If he is found guilty in such a public hearing, then the Senate can impeach him.
Politico reports, “Trump faces wrenching call on Moore.”
Trump spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from Asia last week, and the Senate leader made an urgent plea: Please help push Moore out of the contest. On Monday, as a new female accuser emerged, the Republican leader discussed the Alabama situation with White House chief of staff John Kelly and Vice President Mike Pence. The conversation centered on tax reform, but the Senate Republican leader also proposed a dramatic idea: that Sessions run as a write-in candidate or be appointed to the seat he held for two decades.
White House officials plan to convene a meeting to talk through their options soon, and Trump is widely expected to address the predicament publicly when he returns from abroad. In order for the president to get involved, some aides to the president say, he would need an airtight plan that limits his political exposure to any fallout.
It’s a vexing call for Trump. If he tries to pressure Moore out of the race, as some people close to the White House expect him to do, there’s no guarantee that the candidate will oblige.
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