The Latest: Las Vegas demonstrators show support for Ford
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on reactions in Nevada to the hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):
About a dozen people, mostly women, are showing their support in Las Vegas for Christine Blasey Ford following her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.
Gabrielle d’Ayr with the Nevada Progressive Coalition said she’s most concerned that women who make accusations of sexual assault have to face a “litmus test of credibility” in order for people to believe their story might be true.
She says people should not assume before investigating that someone who says they are a victim of sexual assault is a liar.
D’Ayr and others demonstrated outside the federal courthouse in Las Vegas with the words “I believe” written on their hands and signs supportive of Ford.
Kenia Leon with Nevada Indivisible called for Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller not to vote to confirm Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Nevada’s Republican governor says the U.S. Senate should not cast a final vote on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh without a full review of the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against the nominee.
Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement on Thursday that he believes “the witnesses and the nominee should have the full opportunity to be heard and testimony and documents to be reviewed prior to any final decision.”
Sandoval’s office declined to clarify if he was calling for an FBI investigation and whether he believes senators need to hear additional testimony from witnesses related to the allegations from Christine Blasey Ford or from other women who have gone public with allegations against Kavanaugh.
Sandoval’s office said he had not spoken with Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller about the issue.