Connecticut Senators push to delay Kavanaugh confirmation vote

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on the fate of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

This comes after a long, grueling, historic day of testimony on Capitol Hill. Kavanaugh and a woman accusing him of sexual assault in high school each told their sides of the story.

Related: Fiery Kavanaugh denies quiet accuser in Senate showdown

President Donald Trump tweeted after the hearings, saying in part, quote, “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him…the Senate must vote.”

But that’s exactly what Connecticut lawmakers are trying to delay. They say more testimony is needed before a confirmation vote can be held.

Connecticut’s senators do not want to see a committee vote Friday. Both Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy call it “a rush to judgment”.

Related: Blumenthal praises Ford, says he believes her accusations

Senator Blumenthal is on the Senate Judiciary Committee and was part of Thursday’s 9-hour hearing. He told Dr. Christine Blasey Ford he believes her. He spoke out Thursday night saying he believes the committee should “not” hold a vote Friday.

Senator Blumenthal says that vote should not come until there’s an FBI investigation and the FBI questions other people who were in the room when Dr. Blasey Ford says Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. 

“I have found your testimony powerful and credible and I believe you. For us to vote tomorrow would be such a disgrace,” said Blumenthal. “There’s no doubt now that the failure to do an FBI investigation is tantamount to a cover up.”

 Senator Chris Murphy weighed in on Twitter. He said “the only reason not to do an FBI investigation is that Republicans want to rush Kavanaugh through. There is no  rush. The three women are willing to testify under oath and anyone who has information to dispute the claims should be too.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning. 

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