The Phoenix Flyer

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says hearings should happen to hear Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser – Sen. Rubio laying low

By: - September 17, 2018 4:20 pm

Former U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. Then-U.S. Senate Photo

Florida Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said today that he believes that there should be an investigation into the allegations that surfaced over the past few days from a California woman who says  that U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago.

“I agree there should be an investigation of the new allegations against him,” Nelson tweeted Monday afternoon. “I believe the people involved should appear before the Judiciary committee.”

Both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, both have said that they are willing to testify before Congress.

The sexual assault allegation was made public late last week by California Senator Diane Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, which is tasked with deciding whether or not to formally recommend a Supreme Court nominee go before the full Senate for confirmation.

Over the weekend, Kavanaugh’s accuser went public  in an interview with the Washington Post, saying that her “civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation.”

The Judiciary Committee was poised to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation this Thursday, but that is increasingly looking unlikely to happen.

Kavanaugh needs only a majority of 51 U.S. Senators to be seated on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Florida’s other U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio, has remained silent as of mid-Monday afternoon. He has been supportive of Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Nelson was one of a number of Democratic U.S. senators who said (before the sexual assault allegations went public) that he did not know how he would vote on the Kavanaugh nomination.

There has been tremendous pressure put on Nelson by progressive interest groups to oppose Kavanaugh. In his tweet on Monday, Nelson prefaced his comments by saying that he was “still waiting” to meet with Kavanaugh, after having requested four times to do so.

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with FloridaPolitics.com. He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.

MORE FROM AUTHOR