Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore charged Thursday the Washington Post launched a “completely false” and “desperate” political attack on him with its report featuring a woman’s allegation he engaged in sex acts with her when she was a 14-year-old, nearly four decades ago.
Moore is the Republican nominee in a special election Dec. 12 for the Alabama U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, who left to become U.S. attorney general.
The Post, which endorsed Moore’s Democratic opponent, cited statements from four women, including one who claimed she went on several dates with Moore when she was 18, another who dated him when she was 17, and a third who said he asked her to go on dates when she was 16, but her mother wouldn’t allow it.
The timeframe would have been when Moore was in his early 30s.
Breitbart News, which previously reported the Post was preparing the story published Thursday, said the only serious claim is from a woman who said he kissed her on a first date and on a second removed her clothes when she was 14.
“She says he guided her hand to touch his penis over his underwear,” Breitbart reported.
Moore, in a statement delivered to WND, denied the claims.
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” he said.
Breitbart pointed out that the Post is owned by Nash Holdings, which belongs to Amazon founder and “open borders champion Jeff Bezos.”
“The newspaper formally endorsed Moore’s Democratic opponent Doug Jones in the Senate race,” Breitbart reported.
Moore’s campaign pointed out, “Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this takes the cake.”
“The Washington Post has already endorsed the Judge’s opponent, and for months, they have engaged in a systematic campaign to distort the truth about the judge’s record and career and derail his campaign. In fact, just two days ago, the Foundation for Moral Law sent a retraction demand to the Post for the false stories they wrote about the judge’s work and compensation. But apparently, there is no end to what the Post will allege. ”
The campaign statement continued: “The judge has been married to Kayla for nearly 33 years, has 4 children, and 5 grandchildren. The judge has been a candidate in four hotly contested statewide political contests, twice as a gubernatorial candidate and twice as a candidate for chief justice. He has been a three-time candidate for local office, and he has been a national figure in two ground-breaking, judicial fights over religious liberty and traditional marriage. After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they surely would have been made public long before now.”
The campaign said the move by the Post was “no surprise,” since Moore is “winning with a double-digit lead.”
“With just over 4 weeks remaining, in a race for the U.S. Senate with national implications, that the Democrat Party and the country’s most liberal newspaper would come up with a fabrication of this kind” was expected.
“This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation,” the campaign said.
But the details show allegations of inappropriate behavior with only one, unless dating a teen is classified as inappropriate.
Breitbart said the reporting centers “on on-the-record interviews with four women who claimed that when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s, he attempted to court them or that he dated them. One claims that he engaged in sexual conduct while she was below the age of consent.”
Only last month, another Washington Post report on Moore apparently misfired.
The newspaper accused Moore of not reporting or paying taxes on compensation to which he was entitled but did not receive.
The Foundation for Moral Law, which was paying Moore as its president for the years at issue, said in a statement that all transactions and arrangements were reported fully to the IRS. The foundation then charged the reporters essentially were working on a political hit.
“For the Washington Post to state that Judge Moore secretly ‘collected’ monies he never received or that the Foundation failed to properly report its indebtedness to the IRS is false,” a statement from the foundation charged. “Furthermore, the reporters responsible for the false and misleading articles on the foundation and Judge Moore have written 20 stories, jointly, since last year, 17 of which have been direct attacks on our president and conservative principles.
“Their agenda-driven bias is reflected in the articles on Judge Moore.”
The Post article stated “the promised back pay ‘was not reported to IRS as income.'”
But the foundation’s tax filings for 2011 and 2012 did report the obligation owed to Moore.
“Furthermore, everyone knows that you don’t pay taxes on money you didn’t receive,” the statement said.
“The Washington Post is trying to deceive the public as to wrongdoing that simply does not exist.”
If the Post was attacking Moore as the foundation described, it was the second such political attack on Moore that went awry.
WND reported last month NBC News anchor and political director Chuck Todd claimed that Moore, long known for his conservative values and strict originalist interpretation of the Constitution, “doesn’t appear to believe in the Constitution as it’s written.”
Todd played a brief clip of the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice stating: “Our rights don’t come from government, they don’t come from the Bill of Rights. They come from Almighty God.”
Todd commented: “Roy Moore, where the phrase ‘Christian conservative’ doesn’t even begin to describe him, could very well be your next senator. If you don’t understand just how freaked out some folks in the GOP and the White House are, then you don’t know Roy Moore. First off, he doesn’t appear to believe in the Constitution as it’s written.”
The Post reported that several advisers it consulted said taxes may have been due on planned payments to Moore even though they were not made, but it would take an IRS ruling to determine that for a fact.
The dispute is about Moore’s work for the Foundation for Moral Law between his stints at chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court.
He was given a note regarding about $500,000 in “back pay, the Post reported, because the charity did not pay his full salary for a number of years.”
“Five tax law and accounting specialists said it appears the guaranteed payment should have been reported as compensation, a disclosure that would have triggered a federal tax bill of more than $100,000,” the Post said.
The foundation statement, released Friday by attorney John Eidsmore, was from Judge John Bentley, a board member, to “set the record straight.”
First Moore worked from 2004 to 2007 without “any” salary, he said. Then his salary was set at $180,000, but he wasn’t generally paid that, with his average from 2007 to 2012 about $85,000.
In 2011, an agreement was reached that acknowledged the shortfall and secured it with a promissory note and second mortgage on the foundation’s building.
“That document was filed as a public record in Montgomery and thus was not an ‘undisclosed deal’ as stated in the Washington Post headline. The arrearage was also reported in the foundation’s federal tax filing. To this date, that note and mortgage remain unpaid,” the statement said.
Payments stopped when Moore returned to the court bench in 2013.
Moore – whose opponent in the December election, Democrat Doug Jones, said one of his highest priorities is absolute affirmation of abortion – defeated Sen. Luther Strange, the primary candidate handpicked for the nomination by Washington’s GOP establishment.
Twice elected chief justice of Alabama and twice removed for refusing to follow federal court orders on the Ten Commandments and same-sex marriage, Moore defeated Strange by roughly 10 percentage points. Strange was appointed to the seat earlier this year by disgraced former Gov. Robert Bentley following the confirmation of former Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.
Not only did Moore win easily, he overcame millions of dollars in attack ads from the Senate Leadership Fund, which is closely aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Moore also won despite President Trump’s active support for Strange.
WND commentator Michael Brown said the election victory “sends a message to the GOP establishment from fed-up Republicans across the country: ‘We’ve had it with your compromising and your political games. We’ve had it with career politicians in general. You represent what we reject. You represent one of the major reasons we voted for Donald Trump. Your time in D.C. is over.'”