Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., on Thursday became the first Republican in Congress to call for a federal investigation into the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“I think there should be an investigation by the FBI. I really do,” said Jones, who does not have a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation since he is a member of the House, in an interview with The Hill. “What in the world difference would 10 days make? Why not wait 10 days, why not wait two weeks to find out the truth?”
He argued that an investigation could “help Kavanaugh,” saying that he doesn’t “know enough information,” to say if the three women accusing the judge of sexual misconduct are credible, though he did say “they should be given the benefit of the doubt.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Tuesday that an FBI investigation would “clear up a lot of things,” but said later that day that she was not calling for a federal probe. Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich did join the call to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote, which is scheduled for this Friday, only one day after his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, until after an investigation.
"Without an investigation, and with so many serious issues involved, I can’t support this nomination if they choose to move forward," he said in a statement on Twitter.
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