U.S. Sen. Tim Scott said Sunday that if embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore wins Tuesday, his victory would immediately trigger an ethics investigation.
"If he wins, we have to seat him. Then, there will immediately be an ethics investigation," Scott, R-S.C., told Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Moore, a Republican and a former judge, faces a slew of sexual misconduct allegations, all of which allege that Moore went out with teenagers decades ago when he was a county prosecutor in his 30s.
Meanwhile, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said "the time has come" for women who have been mistreated or violated by men to speak up and be heard, even if those women are accusing President Donald Trump of misdeeds.
Before he was elected president, more than 10 women accused Trump of sexual misconduct. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said the official White House position on the matter is that the women who accused Trump of sexual harassment are lying.
Haley, the first female governor of South Carolina, praised all women who have gone public with their concerns about sexual misconduct and harassment in various industries, including Hollywood and government.
"I am incredibly proud of the women who have come forward. I'm proud of their strength. I'm proud of their courage. And I think that the idea that this is happening, I think it will start to bring a conscience to the situation," Haley told John Dickerson on CBS News' "Face the Nation."
"I think the time has come," she added.
The comments by Scott and Haley come amidst a torrent of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations. This month, three members of Congress — U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. — have resigned following accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior or misconduct.
But during the 2016 presidential campaign, the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape emerged, in which Trump can be heard making vulgar comments about grabbing women’s private parts.
"And does the election mean that's a settled issue?" Dickerson asked Haley.
"You know, that's for the people to decide," Haley said. "I know that he was elected. But, you know, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them."
Scott, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," said there was no need for an investigation into the allegations lodged against Trump.
"The people of this country have the responsibility of choosing our president. They have chosen," Scott said.
Scott maintained there is a difference between the two situations.
"One, the Senate has responsibility and oversight over our members. I believe that if he wins, they're going to exercise that responsibility," he said. "To re-litigate the election is impossible."