Gabbard says new allegation against Kavanaugh 'warrants further investigation'

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“It warrants further investigation,” Gabbard told Hill.TV during an interview that aired on Wednesday, responding to a recent New York Times report detailing an incident from Kavanaugh's college years.

“It’s something that we need more information on before we make any decisions about what happens next,” she added.

Gabbard argued that Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing last year was “fast-tracked” by the Trump administration, suggesting that the judge hadn’t been properly vetted in the first place.

“There were questions that were being raised,” she told Hill.TV. “The FBI was not pursing all the leads that they were given.”

Gabbard’s comments come after a bombshell report by the Times over the weekend about a former Yale University classmate who alleged that the now-justice exposed himself at a college party and other students pushed his genitals into the hand of a female student.

The newspaper later issued a correction nothing that friends of the woman involved said she doesn’t recall what happened.

The correction drew widespread criticism of the paper, including from President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE, who said that Kavanaugh was again being treated unfairly by the media.

In response to the new allegations against Kavanaugh, a number of 2020 Democratic hopefuls have demanded that he be impeached.

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—Tess Bonn