Kavanaugh nomination backed, pending FBI investigation

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Daniel Harizman ’19

The senate judiciary committee voted to send the nomination of Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, to the full senate pending a one week FBI investigation surrounding sexual assault accusations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford earlier this month.  

“The due diligence needs to be done, and every accustation should be taken seriously,” James Trinkle ’19 said. “Clarence Thomas had an investigation last four days and I think the same kind of thing will happen here,” he continued. “As long as the investigation doesn’t drag on for months, I don’t see a problem with trying to uncover more facts.”

Judge Kavanaugh was nominated to the vacant Supreme Court seat of Justice Anthony Kennedy by President Donald Trump on July 10. On Thursday, the Supreme Court held a judiciary hearing to allow both Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford to testify about the allegations.

This afternoon, senator Jeff Flake (R) of Arizona called for a FBI investigation before sending the vote to the full Senate, he clarified the investigation shouldn’t persist for more than a week. 

Jamie Orseck ’19 believes the committee failed in successfully handling the hearing.

“While the decision to move to the floor was a bit upsetting,” Orseck said, “I think Jeff Flake listening to the protesters from this morning and requesting to hold off the vote until the FBI conducts their investigation was extremely important.”

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