Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he has "no reason to doubt" the women who have accused Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct.
"I have no reason to doubt these young women," he told the House Judiciary Committee.
Moore, who is running to fill the remaining portion of a term in the Senate seat from Alabama vacated by Sessions when he took over at the Justice Department, has faced an onslaught of pressure to quit the race following accusations from two Alabama women that Moore molested them as teenagers. Other women have said Moore had relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was significantly older.
Sessions said that he has been advised to play no role in any potential investigations surrounding the Alabama campaign because he knows many of the people involved.
"I have steadfastly adhered to that view and I should continue to so," he said.
Asked by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) whether there might be a role for a federal investigation of the matter, Sessions said, "We will evaluate every case to whether or not it should be investigated."
"This kind of case would normally be a state case," he said.