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White House weighs in on Roy Moore, Sen. Franken

As the wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore again defended him against sexual misconduct accusations, one of the former judge's accusers told NBC how he had groped her and the consequences. Meanwhile, President Trump, who has also been accused of sexual misconduct, weighed in on a photo of Sen. Al Franken in 2006 seeming to grope a sleeping woman. Lisa Desjardins reports.

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  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    The storm over sexual misconduct is still swirling tonight around a Senate candidate in Alabama and a sitting senator in Minnesota.

    Lisa Desjardins reports on the day's developments.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    For the women who gathered, the rally in Montgomery, Alabama, this morning was a show of resistance.

    Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, again defended him against sexual misconduct accusations.

  • Kayla Moore:

    Let met set the record straight. Even after all the attacks against me, against family, against the foundation, and now against my husband, he will not step down.


  • Lisa Desjardins:

    But neither are Moore's accusers backing down. This morning, Tina Johnson spoke to NBC's today show. She told an Alabama news outlet this week that Moore groped her in 1991, when she was 28.

  • Tina Johnson:

    I know people, they are saying, oh, it was just a grab. I was vulnerable from the start, and he was in a position of power.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said today she has no reason to doubt Moore's accusers, but plans to vote for Moore in the December special election.

    Meanwhile, at the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders repeated this line about President Trump's view of Moore.

  • Sarah Sanders:

    He weighed in. He said, if the allegations are true, he should step aside.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    The president himself focused on Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and this photo showing Franken seeming to grope a sleeping woman in 2006. That woman says Franken also forcibly kissed her.

    Overnight, Mr. Trump said the picture of Franken is "really bad," and "To think that just last week he was lecturing about sexual harassment and respect for women."

    How does that square with the sexual misconduct allegations against the president himself? Sanders responded.

  • Sarah Sanders:

    Senator Franken has admitted wrongdoing, and the president hasn't. I think that's a very clear distinction.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Franken has apologized and expressed remorse, but at the Minnesota State Capitol today, political pressure from a fellow Democrat, state auditor Rebecca Otto.

  • Rebecca Otto:

    I came out early and I asked for Senator Franken to resign. It's hard. He's a friend.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Franken has said he would welcome a Senate ethics investigation.

    For the PBS NewsHour, I'm Lisa Desjardins.

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