Mary­land sen­a­tors, Ho­gan unite over Ka­vanaugh probe

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By CHRIS CIOFFI Cap­i­tal News Ser­vice

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.

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