Hours before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday said the process should be delayed after Thursday’s testimony of Christine Blasey Ford.
“Dr. Ford’s allegations are very serious and they seem very credible. I believe they deserve to be investigated and I believe a vote should be postponed until they are fully investigated,” Rauner said on WBEZ-FM’s “Morning Shift” program.
The governor’s comments come as the dramatic Washington, D.C., testimony of Kavanaugh and Ford have become an issue in campaigns back home and allegations of sexual harassment and abuse have led to resignations by officials and operatives in Illinois politics.
Early Friday, Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he’d vote against Kavanaugh’s nomination because of his reluctance to endorse an FBI investigation into Ford’s claims.
Rauner last week said Ford’s sexual assault allegations “should disqualify him” if they’re founded.
On Thursday morning, Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker was asked about anti-harassment policies proposed this week by a panel of women formed in the wake of allegations in longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan’s organization. In answering, he also raised the Kavanaugh case.
“I happen to think that in Washington, D.C., that the Judiciary Committee in the Senate should be handing over to the FBI the investigation of the allegations that have been made about Kavanaugh,” Pritzker said. “That’s the way to do it. I’m not sure that here in Illinois that things have been handled the way they should have, but under our administration, they will be.”
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September 28, 2018 at 10:18AM