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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:10 pm

Donnelly: FBI should investigate allegation against Kavanaugh

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said Wednesday the FBI should investigate Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high school students.

"I have thought from the start that we're better off having more information, that the FBI's role in this process is to do a thorough background review of the nominee. And so I would prefer to have that. I don't think there's a need to rush," Donnelly told The Journal Gazette during a visit to Fort Wayne.

"But if this process is moving forward, it's moving forward," he said about plans by the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear testimony from Kavanaugh and perhaps Ford at a hearing Monday.

Mike Braun, Donnelly's Republican challenger in the Nov. 6 election, has approved of how Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is handling Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh.

Braun wrote Tuesday on Twitter, "I support Sen. Grassley’s decision to have these 11th hour allegations thoroughly reviewed by the Judiciary Cmte., & weighed against Judge Kavanaugh’s decades of public service, sterling record on the bench, outstanding personal reputation & unequivocal denial of the allegations."

Braun has backed Kavanaugh since President Donald Trump nominated him in July. Donnelly has not said how he will vote if and when Kavanaugh's nomination is considered by the entire Senate. 



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