WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that Roy Moore will be sworn in as a senator if he wins election Dec. 12 in Alabama.
"We'll swear in whoever's elected and see where we are at that point," McConnell, the Republican from Kentucky, said on CBS' Face the Nation.
Moore's campaign has been rocked by multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment against him. Moore has denied the allegations that he assaulted teenage girls while he was in his 30s and an assistant district attorney. Moore's opponent is Democrat Doug Jones. The allegations against Moore were first revealed by The Washington Post.
In November, McConnell stood by Moore's accusers, saying "I believe the women," and called on him to "step aside" from the race. McConnell edged away Sunday from calling for Moore to quit.
The Senate will deal with Moore if he wins, McConnell told ABC's This Week on Sunday.
"We’re going to let the people of Alabama decide, a week from Tuesday, who they want to send to the Senate, and then will address the matter appropriately," McConnell said.
The Senate ethics committee would address the allegations against Moore if he wins, McConnell said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said an ethics committee investigation would be a "smart thing to do" if Moore wins. If the six-member committee concludes Moore was a child molester, "Tthat would be a problem," Graham told CBS' Face the Nation.
President Trump has defended Moore, citing his denials. Trump has also blasted Jones, calling him a "puppet" of Democrats Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Chuck Schumer of New York.
Meanwhile, a CBS News/You Gov poll shows that 71 percent of Alabama Republicans believe the allegations against Moore are false, and nearly all those believe that Democrats and the media concocted the allegations.