Kasich calls on Senate to hold off on Kavanaugh vote

Kasich calls on Senate to hold off on Kavanaugh vote
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Ohio Governor John Kasich on Wednesday called on the Senate to delay a planned confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an investigation is conducted about the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding the judge.

Kasich, who ran for president in 2016, said in a statement that holding off on a vote would be "in the best interest of our country and the integrity of the court."

The statement comes after three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. 

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"Without an investigation, and with so many serious issues involved, I can’t support this nomination if they choose to move forward," he added. 

Kasich also called for the Senate to "hear from all parties involved."

Kasich's statement comes as Kavanaugh is due to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with Christine Blasey Ford, who became the first woman to accuse him of misconduct when she alleged that he pinned her to a bed during a high school party in the 1980s and tried to remove her clothes.

The committee is planning to hold a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Friday, followed by a floor vote early next week.

Since Ford went public with her allegations in an interview with The Washington Post earlier this month, two other women have come forward with allegations.

Earlier this week, Deborah Ramirez accused Kavanaugh, in a story published Sunday in The New Yorker, of exposing himself to her when they were both students at Yale.

On Wednesday, Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represents porn-star Stormy Daniels, released sworn testimony from a client, Julie Swetnick, who accused Kavanaugh of being present at party during which she was a victim of a “gang rape.” 

Kavanaugh has flatly denied all three accusations against him.