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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.

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Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has covered politics and government in Florida for more than two decades. Most recently he is the former politics reporter for Bay News 9. He has also worked at Florida Politics, Creative Loafing and WMNF Radio in Tampa. He was also part of the original staff when the Florida Phoenix was created in 2018.