An attorney who represented one of the women who accused former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct has revealed that Breitbart News – a right-wing media outlet notoriously friendly to President Donald Trump and run at the time by his former chief strategist Steve Bannon – was involved in a plot to get him to drop his case against the former judge.
Attorney Eddie Sexton said he was approached by two Moore supporters a few days after his client, Leigh Corfman, came forward to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a minor, according to The Washington Post. They reportedly asked him to drop Corfman as a client and publicly denounce her accusations through a statement that would be given to Breitbart News, In return, Sexton would be paid $10,000 and introduced to Bannon, according to The Post.
Gary Lantrip, one of the men who allegedly participated in the plot, told Sexton that “all they want to do is cloud something” and that “if they cloud, like, two of them, then that’s all they need.” The term “cloud” was presumed to be a reference to casting doubt on the credibility of the multiple accusations against Moore. Lantrip was also recorded using coded language to discuss paying Sexton $10,000, promising him that after they “make some quick little-bitty for you … and then, on down the line, we can go to D.C.”
Moore himself worked tirelessly to discredit the accusations of the women who came forward against him during the 2017 campaign, including threatening to sue The Washington Post for publishing its initial story.