GOP gov: No vote on Kavanaugh without ‘independent investigation’

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Thursday said the Senate should not vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation until there is an external investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Baker’s comments came as the first of Kavanaugh’s accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, began to give testimony on her accusations in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford has said that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed during a high school party in the 1980s, tried to remove her clothes and covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to yell for help.

{mosads}Baker was the second Republican governor in two days to call on the Senate to hold off on a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Wednesday said that holding off on a vote and conducting an independent investigation would be “in the best interest of our country and the integrity of the court.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which will also hear Thursday from Kavanaugh, is planning to hold a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Friday, followed by a Senate floor vote early next week.

Since Ford went public with her accusations last week in an interview with The Washington Post, two other women have come forward with their own allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

Deborah Ramirez said in a story published Sunday in The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were both students at Yale University.

Then, on Wednesday, Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represents adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, released sworn testimony from a client, Julie Swetnick, who accused Kavanaugh of being present at a high school party during which she was “gang raped.”

Democrats have called for an investigation into the accusations, but Republicans have so far declined to call on the FBI to conduct one.

Kavanaugh has flatly denied all three accusations.


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