Democratic senators cite importance of FBI investigation of Kavanaugh

first_imgMinutes after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to forward Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., took to the floor.Murray spoke to the weight of Thursday’s testimony by Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. “It was gutting,” she said.Murray said she, like millions across the United States, watched the hearing with tears in her eyes.“The memories she recounted — the memories she will never forget — were heartbreaking. The living room. The stairs. The bedroom. The music turned up loud. The bed. Brett Kavanaugh — drunk and on top of her. The feeling she had when he covered her mouth to stop her from screaming. The raucous laughter between Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge,” Murray recalled. “Dr. Ford spoke for herself, but she was channeling the voices of millions of women and survivors across the country who are too often ignored, interrupted, bullied, or swept aside.”The veteran senator implored her colleagues to ask for an investigation into Ford’s allegations and the allegations of at least two other women. A few hours later, President Donald Trump announced that he ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to span no more than one week.“I’m glad the Senate delayed a vote on Judge Kavanaugh. It’s important that we have an FBI investigation,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. “Even if it takes more than a week, the Senate must get the information it needs. We want the United States Senate to be an institution that takes these accusations seriously and has a nonpartisan way to get to the truth in this matter.”last_img

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