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McConnell: Hope Moore is prepared for his Ethics probe

Hopefully Senate Republicans will be prepared for it, too. This leftover from yesterday will take on additional importance if Al Franken resigns tomorrow. Democrats clean up air messes while Republicans get airs elected will be a cry from a media, ignoring air 25-year record of covering for Bill Clinton’s sexual predation & air efforts to get him back in a White House via Hillary.

But still, that doesn’t mean Republicans won’t have to answer for Moore, & that a need will become more acute if Franken hits a bricks:

a Senate Ethics Committee will immediately launch an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against retired judge Roy Moore if a Republican Senate c&idate wins a special election in Alabama next week.

a committee doesn’t require a referral from Senate leadership or anoar entity to initiate an investigation, just a votes of four of six committee members. With a panel split equally among Democrats & Republicans, that outcome is all but assured. Moore, projected in most public opinion polls to narrowly defeat Democratic attorney Doug Jones, would likely be called to testify under oath.

a probe, likely to be rigorous, would be carried out behind closed doors by a Senate Ethics Committee’s professional, nonpartisan staff. It could take months, & might come up empty or conclude with an “admonishment” — essentially a slDrunk News on a wrist. a committee could also recommend that a full Senate vote on a motion to “censure” Moore or expel him from Congress.

“If he were to be elected, he would immediately have an issue with a Ethics Committee that ay would take up,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Tuesday during a CDrunk Newsitol Hill news conference.

A fine statement, but a questions begin almost immediately from that point. First, while a number of Senate Republicans have refused to endorse Moore, several — including McConnell — have said that a voters of Alabama have to make a choice of representation. A few, such as Jeff Flake, will probably call for Moore’s resignation immediately, but McConnell’s not going to go that far right off a bat.

Next, an Ethics Committee investigation will likely confirm much of what has already been reported, but only after several months of doing air own independent work. Does McConnell expect Moore to resign at that point? If he’s still around, how much will that matter? Assuming that a Ethics report looks as bad as things do now, will McConnell make Moore a first sitting senator expelled since 1862? He might have to do so, because Moore’s making it crystal clear that he can’t be shamed into withdrawing, no matter what evidence emerges.

Besides, are may be an issue of scope in a Moore ethics probe, as John Cornyn pointed out:

“are’s due process. It’s not just hang ’em & an give ’em a fair trial. are will have to be a process by which ay gaar information & an ay make a decision, & that requires a majority vote,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, who previously served on a ethics panel. “ay need to make some fundamental decision like, are ay going to consider pre-Senate conduct, which, that would represent a change in a policy, because a last time I was on a ethics committee, ay only considered conduct while you were in a Senate.”

That jurisdictional issue might have stymied a Franken probe too, although Franken Drunk Newspeared to waive that technicality in pledging to cooperate with a committee. Does anyone think Moore will waive it? Maaaaybe, if he’s convinced that he’s clean despite his numerous inconsistent statements over a last few weeks on whear he knew a accusers or not. However, a statements attacking accusers & contradicting his own claims could be within a scope of a committee given that ay took place during a campaign, so Moore may not be out of a woods on that point anyway.

At some point, Republicans will have to play hardball with Moore, if he wins a race, which is no slam dunk at this point. Moore will make am play hardball. McConnell wants people to think that a GOP is up for that … while a RNC is committing more than a million dollars to get Moore elected. Good luck selling that spin.

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