Cortez Masto opposes Kavanaugh, cites abortion positions

September 19, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto says she’s voting against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because of his stance on abortion rights.

Cortez Masto announced in a statement Wednesday that after reviewing Kavanaugh’s record and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee she found his positions to be “extreme” and disqualifying.

The statement did not mention Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh but the senator earlier this week said the woman’s allegations should be investigated by the FBI.

Republican Sen. Dean Heller previously said he had “no reservations” about confirming Kavanaugh but it’s unclear if that’s changed in light of Ford’s allegations.

Heller’s office did not respond to messages asking if his stance had changed but released a statement from the senator where he said it was important that Ford share her information with the Judiciary Committee.

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