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Jeff Sessions on Roy Moore Allegations: ‘I Have No Reason to Doubt These Young Women’

During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions landed in a combative exchange with Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) over Roy Moore, as well inconsistencies in his previous testimony before Congress.

The congresswoman began by asking about the underage sexual abuse allegations against Moore, who is currently running to succeed Sessions as senator of Alabama. Sessions said he has “no reason to doubt these young women” making claims against Moore, which prompted Lee to ask him if Moore ought to have a place in the Senate, and whether the Justice Department would investigate the former state Supreme Court judge.

Sessions said the Department’s ethics officials advised him not to get involved with the Moore campaign, though Lee continued to press him on whether he would ever put Moore’s current controversy up for federal review.

“We will do our duty,” Sessions responded.

Lee moved on from there, but she kept the pressure on Sessions when she asked him if he wished to correct the record for any of his statements about connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. This led to some tension when the two of them debated the level of inconsistency in Sessions’ previous testimony on the matter.

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