Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford should have more time to come forward and to be fully heard about her claims that he sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers in the 1980s, Sen. Chris Coons said Monday.
"The right way to investigate Dr. Ford's allegations against Judge Kavanagh is for the FBI to investigate it, to make it part of the background investigation that the FBI professionally does on every nominee to a federal court," the Delaware Democrat told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "We're talking about here a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States. I think we should take a few more days and make sure that Dr. Ford has an opportunity to come forward, to be fully heard and for this to be handled by law enforcement first, and then by the Judiciary Committee as a whole."
The Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Thursday about whether to forward Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, but Coons said he urges the committee to wait until the allegations, which Kavanaugh flatly denies, are dealt with.
Coons said that all along, his core concern about the nominee has been about his view of presidential power.
"I didn't get satisfactory answers from Judge Kavanagh," said Coons. "He wasn't willing to stand up and defend things he has said or he has written in law review articles or to explain his decision in a critical case earlier this year. I think that should be of concern to Republicans and Democrats given the current context."
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