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Ohio senators call for investigation of claims against Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

September 17, 2018

Ohio senators call for investigation of claims against Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio’s U.S. senators on Monday called for the review of sexual assault allegations against Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman called for a review of the allegations. Democrat U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said the Senate should be given the time it needs to investigate. 

Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school — placing his hand over her mouth and playing music loudly so she couldn’t call for help. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Cleveland.com’s Shatter led a Talk it Out conversation about the allegations here.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which must approve Kavanaugh’s nomination before it reaches the full Senate, was scheduled to vote Thursday on Kavanaugh. All of the Senate Democrats on the committee called for a delay of that vote to fully investigate Ford’s claims, according to CBS News. Both Ford and Kavanaugh said they would be willing to testify before Congress, according to the New York Times.

Portman this month glowingly introduced Kavanaugh to the Judiciary Committee as a respected judge, and the kind of guy who helps the homeless and coaches his kid’s basketball team. In a written statement Monday he called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to review the allegations in a way that is “fair and respectful” to Kavanaugh and his accuser, Ford. He said that Ford had been vetted by the FBI several times during his time in public service, and that these allegations never came up.

Portman said Democrats could have raised the accusations earlier. And he stopped short of saying the Senate needed to delay the vote.

Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown, said through a spokeswoman he believes the Judiciary Committee needs thorough time to review the claims against Kavanaugh. If that means delaying the Senate Judiciary vote, so be it.

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