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Moore’s Lawyer Issues Fiery Call to Release Yearbook: Is Signature ‘Genuine or Is It a Fraud?’

If you thought Roy Moore was going down quietly, think again.

At a Wednesday news conference, Phillip Jauregui — attorney for the Alabama Senate candidate — made no mention of his client dropping out of the race amid five accusations by women claiming Moore pursued relationships with them while they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Jauregui ignored four of the claims, and centered on the one lodged against Moore by Beverly Young Nelson. The lawyer tried to discredit the claim by refuting a statement made by Nelson that she had not seen Moore since the alleged incident. Jauregui provided evidence to the contrary, as Moore issued an order in Nelson’s 1999 divorce proceeding against her husband.

“There was contact,” Jauregui said. “Judge Moore signed an order in that case.”

Mostly, though, Jauregui attempted to make the Moore scandal a referendum on Nelson’s attorney, Gloria Allred — who is not popular among conservatives. In his six-minute address, Jauregui mentioned Allred four times. He issued a fiery demand for Allred to produce a yearbook in which Nelson claims Moore wrote an inscription calling her “beautiful”:

I’ve got a question, Gloria Allred and Ms. Nelson. Do you still hold everything written in the yearbook was written by judge Moore or written by someone else? It’s not an allegation. It’s a question. We demand that you immediately release the yearbook to a neutral custodian so that our expert. You can send your expert as well if you like to, so that our expert can look at it. Not a copy on the Internet, the actual document so we can see the lettering. We can see the ink on the page and the indentations and we can see how old is the ink. Is it 40 years old or a week-old? Release the yearbook so we can determine, is it genuine or is it a fraud?

UPDATE 6:09 p.m. ET — Moments after the press conference concluded, AL.com published a report detailing new allegations against Moore.

Watch above, via CNN.

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