Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) discussed the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama scheduled for December 12 and what impact GOP hopeful Roy Moore could have if he emerges as the winner.
McConnell did not go as far as to say the U.S. Senate would vote to expel Moore should he be elected, but he did predict Moore could have an “ethic issues,” and the “aftermath” of his successful bid would be dealt with after voters go to the polls.
Partial transcript as follows:
INGRAHAM: The Alabama Senate race is taking up a lot of oxygen in the political landscape. He is up now in the polls 5 percent. You favored Luther Strange. A lot of money went into supporting Luther Strange. He didn’t win. Roy Moore won. I actually supported Mo Brooks. But Roy Moore won. And now all these allegations against him. You said he should step aside. He may very well win this election. What does that say about four influence in the Senate your influence? Does it have any implication for you? He wants to unseat you, he said.
MCCONNELL: Well, President Trump and I are on the same side. We both supported Luther Strange even though you supported Mo Brooks. The people in Alabama decided to go in a different direction. And on December 12 they will get to decide who they want to send to the Senate and we will deal with that when that happens.
INGRAHAM: So if that happens, there are still senators who say we could vote to expel him to the U.S. Senate. What does that say to the state of Alabama? They have heard all the arguments. And I know you say you believe the women that came forward. I tend to think some of them are credible as well. But people in Alabama are hearing it all.
MCCONNELL: They’re going to make the decision in Alabama —
INGRAHAM: Should you in the Senate invalidate that by expelling him out?
MCCONNELL: We will deal with the aftermath the decision of the people of Alabama make on December 12.
INGRAHAM: So you think it is a possibility he could be expelled from the Senate?
MCCONNELL: I think there is a possibility he will have an ethics issue.
INGRAHAM: An ethics investigation once he gets here?
MCCONNELL: Yeah, I think it’s almost certain.
INGRAHAM: How far back will those allegations — they go back almost four decades
MCCONNELL: It will be up to the committee.
INGRAHAM: There a lot of ethics investigations going on.
MCCONNELL: Unfortunately, yeah.