Jeff Sessions doesn’t doubt women accusing Roy Moore

FILE- In this Oct. 12, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Falls Church, Va. The Justice Department is sending a federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with killing a transgender teenager last year. LGBT advocates have long been skeptical of Sessions' pledge to prosecute acts of violence against transgender people. But the move, outlined in recently filed court papers, is a sign he intends to do so. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he has “no reason to doubt” women who have accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when they were minors.

Sessions made the comment under questioning Tuesday by Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. Moore is running for the seat Sessions held until his confirmation earlier this year. But Sessions declined to say whether he thinks Moore should drop out of the race.

Women have accused Moore of groping them when they were teenagers decades ago.

Sessions says that would normally be a case for state prosecutors. But he also says the Justice Department will “evaluate every case as to whether it would be investigated.”

Some Republicans have floated the idea of abandoning Moore and rallying around a write-in candidate, perhaps Sessions, who remains popular in Alabama.

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