Baldwin, Cortez Masto say Kavanaugh nomination should wait

September 20, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, of Wisconsin, and Catherine Cortez Masto, of Nevada, say the Supreme Court nomination process for Brett Kavanaugh should be put on hold until after an FBI background check can be completed.

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault when they were both in high school.

Senate Republicans say they are moving ahead with a planned Monday hearing that both Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford were invited to attend.

Baldwin said Thursday at a news conference that the FBI should be allowed to complete its work before moving ahead. She called on committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, to accept what Baldwin called a “very reasonable” request to reopen Kavanaugh’s background check.

Cortez Masto says “we should take our time to do a thorough review” and complete a background check.

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