Judge Brett Kavanaugh was on a road to near certain confirmation to the Supreme Court Until last week when allegations surfaced claiming he attempted to sexually assault a teen when they were in high school.
Washington correspondent Alexandra Limon has reaction from United States senators who will be voting on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the supreme court.
President Donald Trump says republicans agree the woman accusing Judge Kavanugh of sexual assault should be heard. They also want to give the judge a chance to defend himself. Both will get that chance in a hearing Monday, but the president criticizes democrats for the timing.
“And then all of sudden spring it,” the President said, “But that’s what the democrats do. It’s obstruction, it’s resist”.
Democrats defend Dr. Christine ford, the woman who in a letter to Senator Feinstein said “Kavanaugh was on top of me… They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. With Kavanaugh’s hand over my mouth”.
Sen. Mazie Hirono said,
“Not only do women like Dr. Ford who bravely come forward, need to be heard, but they need to be believed!”
Sen. Patty Murray agreed saying,
“This is a test for the United States Senate, on how we handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault.”
Some senate republicans have already said if the allegations are credible and believable, that would disqualify Judge Kavanaugh from the supreme court.
“He’s categorically and strongly denied it”, said Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, “And so if at this point any of it is proven true, he’s also lied”.
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski who holds a key Alaska swing vote says the hearing is key.
“I think what we all need to do is not speculate”, she says.
Some senate democrats insist the process is being rushed – they want the FBI to reopen the background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh before a hearing takes place.