Maryland senators, Hogan unite over Kavanaugh probe
Even before a sudden move by Senate Republicans on Sept. 28 to request an FBI probe of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and the state’s two senators were calling for just such an investigation. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both Democrats, said they supported the GOP move, initiated by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to postpone for one week a full Senate vote on the confirmation of Kavanaugh until the FBI investigates the charges of sexual misconduct against the judge. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 to send Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate. Before the party-line vote, Flake said he would vote yes in the committee, but asked for the delay on the full Senate vote so an FBI investigation can be completed. On Sept. 27, the judiciary panel heard testimony from Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Hogan and GOP governors requested the confirmation process be slowed. Scott Sloofman, a Hogan spokesman, said Sept. 27 the governor believes there should be a full investigation first.