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  • The American Bar Association published a letter urging
    for the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge
    Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
  • The ABA said the FBI should investigate the numerous
    sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.
  • During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary
    Committee on Thursday, Kavanaugh touted his “unanimous,
    well-qualified rating” from the ABA.
  • “Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as with all
    others) is simply too important to rush to a vote,” ABA president
    Robert Carlson said.

The American Bar Association published a letter urging the Senate
Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s
nomination to the Supreme Court until the FBI conducts an
investigation into the numerous sexual misconduct allegations
against him, according to a
CNN report
published Thursday.

“The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional
duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require
nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and
facts by the FBI,” ABA president Robert Carlson said in a letter,
CNN reported.

“Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as with all
others) is simply too important to rush to a vote,” Carlson
added. “Deciding to proceed without conducting additional
investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the
Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great
trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme
Court.”

News of the ABA’s letter, which was addressed to Republican Sen.
Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of
California — both of whom sit on the Judiciary Committee — comes
hours after Kavanaugh testified on Capitol Hill before the
committee Thursday. During his testimony, Kavanaugh touted his
“unanimous, well-qualified rating” from the ABA.

The
ABA defines
its “well-qualified” rating for Supreme Court
nominees to be “found to merit the Committee’s strongest
affirmative endorsement.” 

The organization added that allowing a “thorough FBI
investigation” from the Senate, a potential development
Democratic lawmakers have fervently called for, into the
allegations would “demonstrate its commitment to a Supreme Court
that is above reproach.”

During his hearing, lawmakers asked Kavanaugh multiple times
whether he believed an FBI investigation into the allegations
would be prudent. Kavanaugh sidestepped the question and deferred
the decision to the committee.

“I welcome whatever the committee wants to do because I’m telling
the truth,” Kavanaugh said.

The ABA’s warning comes less than 12 hours before the Judiciary
Committee is scheduled to vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh
nomination. Although there were believed to be a few key holdouts
from Republican lawmakers, some of them, including Sen. Bob
Corker of Tennessee, expressed they were ready to approve of
Kavanaugh’s nomination.

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