Gov. Bruce Rauner is joining several other Republican governors across the country in a call for an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate votes on his confirmation to the Supreme Court.
“I supported Judge Kavanaugh when he was announced as SCOTUS nominee because he is a qualified constitutionalist in the mold of Justice Scalia. The recent allegations are serious and should be fully investigated before a vote happens,” said Rauner in a tweet to his campaign account.
Other Republican governors calling for an investigation before a vote include Larry Hogan of Maryland, Phil Scott of Vermont, John Kasich of Ohio and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire.
One of Rauner’s opponents in the November election, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 11-10, party-line confirmation of Kavanaugh to the full Senate for a vote.
“I am deeply disturbed that the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination today amid several sexual assault allegations that have not been fully investigated,” said Pritzker.“A number of credible women have come forward with their stories and I believe them. I’ve called for an FBI investigation into these allegations and continue to urge the Senate to allow a full investigation to take place.”
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) voted in favor of Kavanaugh in the committee Friday, but called for a week-long delay of the Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, pending a “brief” FBI investigation into the allegations against him. Only one of the accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, has testified before lawmakers.