An apparent robocall claiming to seek dirt on embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore might actually be an attack against the newspaper that aired his dirty laundry. WKRG reports a pastor in Alabama received a voicemail Tuesday from a man claiming to be a Washington Post reporter looking for women "willing to make damaging remarks" about Moore. The man—who used a private number and what appears to be an exaggerated accent, per the Week—said he would "not be fully investigating these claims" but would pay between $5,000 and $7,000. He gave his name as "Bernie Bernstein" and "Al Bernstein," but no one by either name works at the Post, an outlet Moore has vowed to sue. An email address provided also appears not to exist.
A rep for Moore's campaign says he doesn't know who made the call, which Mashable calls an example of "blatant anti-Semitism." The Post's executive editor, meanwhile, says the paper is in no way involved and "shocked and appalled that anyone would stoop to this level to discredit real journalism." Last week, the Post reported that 70-year-old Moore had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. Four other women have since made accusations against Moore, leading the Republican National Committee to withdraw its support in the Alabama Senate race. Politico reports the White House is now toying with the idea of Jeff Sessions running as a write-in candidate to avoid the risk of his old seat going to Democrat Doug Jones. (Read more Roy Moore stories.)