“After previously calling Kavanaugh ‘tremendous’ Steve Pearce must immediately let New Mexicans know where he stands, and join Republicans from across the country saying this process must be halted,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “This hearing is telling us what we already know: this nomination must be pulled immediately. This isn’t a court trial. This is a process to decide whether Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to one of the most important jobs in the country. What we already know of his behavior is disqualifying. What we already know of his hostility towards women’s rights is disqualifying. What we already know of his belief that the president can’t be prosecuted for a crime is disqualifying.”
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By Jesus Rodriguez
Three Republican governors called for the Senate to delay or forgo a vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court ahead of a hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill to examine sexual assault allegations against the nominee.
Larry Hogan of Maryland, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and John Kasich of Ohio are part of a small faction of Republicans who are calling for independent probes to investigate the three public allegations that have come to light since Kavanaugh’s July 9 nomination, even as the majority of their colleagues in the Senate have argued for pushing through the process.
“The accusations brought against Judge Kavanaugh are sickening and deserve an independent investigation,” Baker said in a tweet as the hearing began. “There should be no vote in the Senate.”
Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of misconduct. Kasich said Wednesday an independent probe was “in the best interest of our country and the integrity of the court.”
Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh held her down and groped her while at a party in the 1980s, is fielding questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee after she sent confidential letters to her representatives in Congress and her story became public. Since she came forward, two other named accusers, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, have separately brought allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh from his time at Georgetown Preparatory School and at Yale University.
“There are credible charges and big concerns. They need to be heard,” Hogan said on Tuesday. “They ought to take whatever time it takes to make sure these accusers are heard and he has a chance to respond to them.”