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Dem senator: 'Not a good practice' for anonymous misconduct allegation to halt Kavanaugh nomination

Dem senator: 'Not a good practice' for anonymous misconduct allegation to halt Kavanaugh nomination
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Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) said Sunday that he expects Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to move forward, despite a recently disclosed anonymous accusation of sexual misconduct against the nominee.

"At this point, it’s an anonymous letter you’re not going to be able to really test it unless somebody comes forward," Jones said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Jones said he expects the nomination will move forward at this point despite the revelation of the letter.

"I think an anonymous letter, to derail something at this late date is not a good practice, and I don't think it will happen.” he said.

"I wish someone had talked about it early on," Jones added. "I think at this late date we’re going to have to wait and see if this person comes forward."

Jones — who defeated Republican Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreFormer campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Mellman: When questions don’t mean what they say CNN's Toobin: It's Trump's ‘nature’ to not believe accusations of sexual assault MORE in a Senate special election last year after Moore was publicly accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct — said he would bring up the allegation against Kavanaugh if he gets a chance to meet with the nominee before his scheduled confirmation vote later this month.

Hours after Jones's comments on CNN, The Washington Post published an interview with Kavanaugh's accuser.

Jones then called for Kavanaugh's confirmation to be delayed until the woman's claims could be fully investigated.

"This was a very brave step to come forward. It is more important than ever to hit the pause button on Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote until we can fully investigate these serious and disturbing allegations. We cannot rush to move forward under this cloud," Jones tweeted.

Kavanaugh’s nomination, which Democrats have opposed fiercely, came under scrutiny once again after Senate Democrats said last week they had referred an anonymous allegation of sexual misconduct against the judge to the FBI.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinPoll: Feinstein holds 18-point lead over challenger Durbin to Trump: ‘We’re the mob? Give me a break’ Sen. Walter Huddleston was a reminder that immigration used to be a bipartisan issue MORE's (D-Calif.) office said it received a letter that reportedly details an incident between Kavanaugh and an unnamed woman when they were in high school. The letter was sent in July.

A Feinstein spokesman said Friday that the Democratic senator wanted to make the information on Kavanaugh public, but the woman involved did not want to be identified. Feinstein received the information "through a third party," the spokesman said.

Kavanaugh said Friday that he “categorically and unequivocally” denies the allegation, which liberal outside groups opposed to the nominee say should block his confirmation. The White House re-stated Kavanaugh's denials on Sunday when presented with the woman's detailed account.

While Jones expressed skepticism that the allegation would halt Kavanaugh's nomination, the senator has previously called for a pause in the confirmation proceedings over a lack of disclosure of documents related to the judge's past work in the Bush administration. He similarly called for a delay in the process after Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFormer Trump lawyer: Mueller probe is not a witch hunt Manafort appears in wheelchair at court hearing Manafort to be sentenced in Virginia in February MORE and Michael Cohen were implicated in court last month.

The Democrat has yet to indicate whether he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

— Updated at 4:34 p.m.