White House officials have discussed replacing Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to The New York Times.
The Times on Monday reported that two different White House officials say the idea has been debated amid the sexual misconduct allegations swirling around Moore.
Sessions would either run as a write-in candidate in that scenario, or he would get appointed to what was his former Senate seat should Moore win election and is then ousted from office.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is supportive of the concept and discussed it on Monday with Vice President Mike Pence, according to GOP party officials briefed on their talk.
Pence and McConnell discussed the option during a telephone call that day primarily focused on the Republican tax overhaul proposal.
Sessions remains popular among Alabama Republicans, but his bond with President Trump has eroded this year.
Trump has vocally criticized Sessions after the latter recused himself from the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
McConnell and Moore have publicly sparred this week over the mounting accusations of sexual misconduct against the latter.
The Times reported that trading out Moore for Sessions would mark a win-win for McConnell and Trump under the present circumstances.
A fifth woman on Monday accused Moore of sexual misconduct against her when she was a teenager and he was in his 30s.
Beverly Young Nelson alleged that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and he was a prosecutor in Etowah County, Alabama.
Multiple top Republicans have demanded that Moore step down ahead of Alabama’s Dec. 12 Senate special election.
Moore has vigorously denied the allegations against him, however, and he has refused to end his Senate bid.
The GOP would have a one-seat advantage in the upper chamber should Alabama Democratic nominee Doug Jones defeat Moore for the state’s vacant Senate seat.