The American Bar Association late Thursday urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the confirmation vote for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying it should not move forward until an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against him made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and others can be fully vetted.
“The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI”, ABA President Robert Carlson wrote in a letter to Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein (Calif).
“Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote”. “Deciding to proceed without conducting an additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court”, Carlson wrote in the letter.
It concludes: “It must remain an institution that will reliably follow the law and not politics.”
Ford, a California professor, accused the federal judge of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago.
Kavanaugh himself touted that rating at Thursday’s emotionally-charged hearing where he denied Ford’s sworn testimony that he attempted to rape her when they were teenagers.
“For 12 years, everyone who has appeared before me on the D.C. Circuit has praised my judicial temperament,” Kavanaugh said Thursday. “That’s why I have the unanimous, well qualified rating from the American Bar Association.”