Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans say that Alabama Senate GOP candidate Roy Moore is virtually certain to face a formal ethics complaint — which would lead to expulsion proceedings — should he be elected next month.
It’s an outcome that senior Republicans say privately is all but unavoidable after the embattled Senate hopeful was accused of sexual misconduct, including with a 14-year-old girl. The former Alabama Supreme Court justice is refusing to leave the race.
Expelling a senator would be unprecedented in the modern-day chamber. The last time it occurred was in 1862, when three senators were expelled for supporting the Confederacy. And there is concern that taking steps to expel a senator for actions before he was in the Senate would subvert the will of voters.
The first call for expulsion came Monday from Sen. Cory Gardner, who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
For his part, Roy Moore has demanded that McConnell resign, appending recent tweets with #DitchMitch.