Donnelly Calls For Delay In Kavanaugh Vote
By Dionte Coleman
INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly has called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay a vote on the confirmation of Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of a drunken assault on a young woman while he was in high school.
“The allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh are serious and merit further review. Given the nature of these allegations, and the number of outstanding questions, I believe the Judiciary Committee should hold off on Thursday’s scheduled vote,” Donnelly tweeted shortly after noon Monday.
The allegations against Kavanaugh came as the Judiciary Committee scheduled a vote for Thursday on his nomination to a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The woman, college professor Christine Blasey Ford, has said that Kavanaugh forced himself onto her at a house party when they were 15 and 17 respectively.
Ford, who initially wanted to remain anonymous, had written a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., about the incident. But she decided to go public in an interview with The Washington Post over the weekend after information about her and the letter began trickling out.
In the interview, Ford said she remembered the night as Kavanaugh pinning her to a bed and attempting to remove her clothes while putting his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford told reporters.
Kavanaugh issued a statement denying the allegation and said that he did not do that in high school or at any time.
Donnelly, a Democrat, is in a tight re-election fight against Republican Mike Braun. He has been targeted by the conservative group, the Judicial Crisis Network, which is spending $3.8 million in television advertisements to urge Donnelly and senators in several other states to support Kavanaugh’s nomination.
U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, could not be reached to comment on whether he thought the vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination should be delayed.
Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired from the high court at the end of the session in June.
Footnote: Dionte Coleman is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.