Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Tuesday, urged lawmakers to push ahead with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation vote and slammed Democrats for attempting to delay and sully his nomination.
Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women and is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday along with his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
Blasey Ford last week said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were in their teens. A second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, told the New Yorker in an article published Sunday that Kavanaugh publicly exposed himself to her during a dorm party at Yale University. The pair were in college at the time.
“No innuendo has been too low, no insinuation too dirty, everything is an excuse for delay, no matter how unsubstantiated,” Hatch said on the Senate floor.
“It does not matter that no other eyewitness can even confirm that Judge Kavanaugh was at the party in question. It does not matter that every other individual alleged to be present denies any memory of the event. The goal is delay.”
Hatch likely was referring to the incident described by Blasey Ford.
She said she was 15 and a student at the all-girls Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, when Kavanaugh, a 17-year-old at Georgetown Preparatory School, was allegedly "stumbling drunk" at a small gathering of teens that night. She said he and friend Mark Judge corralled her into a bedroom in a house in Montgomery County, pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes.
“We will hear and should hear from Dr. Ford on Thursday as planned,” said Hatch. “Then we should vote. There should be no more frivolous approaches toward the United States Senate or towards this confirmation process.”
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