President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh has faced rounds of credible allegations of sexual assault — that much is known. What was uncertain as last Friday afternoon dawned, however, was what was going to happen next.
The dean of Yale Law School — where Kavanaugh was enrolled in his college days — has now joined the chorus of those backing an FBI investigation into the allegations before his nomination is voted on. Most Republicans stonewalled when it’s come to calls for an FBI inquiry, and — suspiciously — Kavanaugh himself angrily pushed back against the proposal during time before Congress answering to the allegations on Thursday.
Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken though, explained:
‘I join the American Bar Association in calling for an additional investigation into the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. Proceeding with the confirmation process without further investigation is not in the best interest of the court or our profession.’
As she indicates, the American Bar Association — which Republicans have proudly pointed to in the past thanks to their past positive rating of Kavanaugh’s qualifications — has called for an FBI investigation.
Friday, those concerned with seeing justice in the Kavanaugh case got a step closer to actually seeing that sought investigation materialize. Arizona’s Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake offered up support for moving Kavanaugh’s nomination out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with the condition that there’s a one week delay to allow an FBI investigation to take place. He couldn’t control that the delay he claimed support for actually took shape, but he was able to help force GOP leaders’ hands by withholding support in a floor vote on Kavanaugh until the investigation takes place. It’s now unfolding.
Besides him, there are only two other Republicans whose final support for Kavanaugh remains in question, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins. The GOP can only afford to lose one of them.
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