Magazine article Church & State

Roy Moore Allies Allegedly Tried to Bribe Lawyer for Accuser

Magazine article Church & State

Roy Moore Allies Allegedly Tried to Bribe Lawyer for Accuser

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An attorney representing one of several women accusing former Alabama judge Roy Moore of sexual improprieties revealed to The Washington Post that Moore supporters had allegedly tried to bribe him into casting doubt on the woman's allegations.

Lawyer Eddie Sexton told The Post that Moore supporters Gary Lantrip and Bert Davi contacted him in November 2017, about a month before the December special election in which Moore was running for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat. Sexton represented Leigh Corfman, one of several women who allege Moore pursued them romantically when they were teenagers and he was in his thirties.

Sexton said Lantrip and Davi, who are partners in a small construction firm and Sexton's clients in an unrelated court case, offered him $10,000 if he'd dump Corfman as a client, publicly announce he didn't believe her and help to cast doubt on the allegations.

The Post said Sexton's claims were supported by recorded phone conversations, text messages and people in whom he had confided at the time.

The bribery attempt "shows how far some of Moore's most fervent supporters were willing to go to salvage an Alabama campaign that many hoped would propel a nationwide [right-wing] populist movement and solidify [former Breitbart News Chairman Steve] Bannon's image as a political kingmaker," The Post wrote. Bannon, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, campaigned heavily for Moore, as did Trump.

The Post reported that Lantrip and Davi acknowledged seeking the statement from Sexton and arranging a meeting between Sexton and two Breitbart reporters, but the two denied doing anything improper. …

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