Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday that he has “no reason to doubt” the mounting sexual assault allegations levied against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
While testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) asked Sessions to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the ongoing special election to fill his former Senate seat for the Yellowhammer State.
Jackson Lee detailed the allegations against Moore which include “child sexual activity,” before asking the former Alabama Senator: “Do you believe these young women?”
“I have no reason to doubt these young women,” Session said.
The Texas representative then asked Sessions what actions the U.S. Department of Justice would take if Moore were to win the upcoming election, which will have Moore's name on the ballot regardless due to Alabama law.
“We will evaluate every case as to whether or not it should be investigated,” he replied.
“I want to make sure that If he comes to the United States Senate that there would be the possibility of referring his case for at least a federal review by the Department of Justice,” Jackson Lee said, pushing Sessions on the issue.
The attorney general replied simply, “We will do our duty.”
Multiple Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have now come forward calling for Moore to step down from the Senate race following multiple allegations that he pursued sexual relationships with minors when he was in his 30s, as well as two alleged incidents of sexual assault against a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl.
Watch the exchange below, via CNN.