- - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota has said Alabama senatorial candidate Judge Roy Moore should dropout of the race due to the charges of sexual misconduct being leveled against him by four accusers — charges that are 40-odd years old. Mr. Thune has said Mr. Moore would be distracted by an investigation by the Senate Ethics Commission. But if Congress reveals the names of the 264 members of the House and Senate and staff against whom there have been charges of sexual or other misconduct since the mid-1990s, would Mr. Thune argue they should all resign their positions because investigations would distract them from their duties? I would hope not, because there is nothing more central to American justice than due process of law, which includes the right to question one’s accusers and present one’s witnesses.

Consider that one of Mr. Moore’s accusers presented as collateral evidence of the judge’s involvement with her his signature on her high-school annual. The accuser’s lawyer will not let an expert examine the annual to see if the ink of his alleged signature is 40 years old or only a month or so old. This would be a very simple and absolutely reliable test, so the refusal screams forgery.

Yet, it is unlikely this accuser could have made this forgery. So who did? Could it be the same Democratic operatives who produced the “Trump dossier” in Russia? The stakes are almost as high in the Alabama election as they were in the presidential election. One more Democratic senator could abort all major Republican initiatives in 2018.

CARL H. MIDDLETON

Arlington

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