The Senate must move forward with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings, even if California professor Christine Blasey Ford decides not to testify against him on Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday.
"Ultimately it is a difficult choice for someone like her to make, but we (have) got to move forward one way or another," the Florida Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
Should Ford decide not to testify, she should not be criticized, he also said.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of groping her and pinning her down on a bed during a teen house party in the 1980s, as a friend of his watched. He has emphatically denied the allegations.
Both were asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this coming Monday. Ford, through her attorneys, has refused if an FBI investigation into her claims is not conducted. She has until Friday morning to make her decision.
Rubio, meanwhile, said he still supports Kavanaugh, but if there is "credible information that emerges" that would undermine that, he would let everyone know.
"Ultimately, we have seen sort of these allegations that have been made out there in the press, but no testimony about it has been presented, no further information made available," said Rubio. "We've heard his denials, and I imagine that is what we will hear again at that hearing on Monday...ultimately, we have to move forward based on what we know."
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