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Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman Statements on Committee Vote Advancing the Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to Serve on the U.S. Supreme Court

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statements in response to the 11-10 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon advancing the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:

Governor Malloy said, “I believe Dr. Blasey Ford. I believe what happened to her matters, and it is wholly unacceptable. The other women who have come forward, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, also matter. They too deserve to be heard. At the very least, they are entitled to a full FBI investigation including interviews with corroborating witnesses.

“Putting aside questions of Judge Kavanaugh’s temperament and his honesty under oath, these accusations of sexual assault against him are serious and should be given their due review. I commend the sentiment of Senator Flake to provide time for the investigation into these allegations, but this does not guarantee it will happen. At the moment, this nomination moves to the floor and the decision to commence an FBI investigation rests in the hands of Senator McConnell and President Trump.

“Surely, reasonable people agree that we cannot allow a lifetime appointment to be rushed through. To do so, to allow serious allegations of sexual assault to go unchecked sends a powerful, abhorrent message to the young men and women of this country.”

Lt. Governor Wyman said, “The decision to call for a delay of the vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination by the Senate in order to conduct a complete FBI investigation into Dr. Ford’s allegations is the right one. I applaud Senator Flake for his display of courage and compassion, and the other senators who stood up and called for such an investigation so that we can fully understand the accusations against Judge Kavanaugh before he is confirmed to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. It has been a difficult week, but I am hopeful that this is a step in the right direction, one that brings us closer to a more respectful, empathetic, civil ideal of American politics. I urge the President and Senator McConnell to honor the call for an investigation.”

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