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Risch changes position, says Moore should step aside

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch changed his position on Roy Moore on Tuesday, telling reporters, “I believe Roy Moore should step down.”

Just a day earlier, Risch was sticking by his statement from last week that “if these allegations are true, Roy Moore must step aside.”

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo gave a similar conditional condemnation of Moore on Monday, saying, “If these allegations prove to be true, he should withdraw from the race.”

His press secretary, Lindsay Nothern, said Tuesday afternoon that Crapo hasn’t changed his position at that point, “but we’re watching things closely.”

Among those now calling for Moore, the GOP nominee for a Senate seat from Alabama, to step aside are House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and other GOP leaders. Moore is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl in the 1980s; a second accuser came forward Monday with charges he assaulted her when she was 16, and numerous other accounts have surfaced of Moore, then an attorney in his 30s, pursuing teenage girls.

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