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NYC members of Congress call on Senate to postpone Kavanaugh's confirmation vote

September 17, 2018 - 2:51 pm

by David Caplan

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City Democratic members of Congress are calling on the Senate panel to delay its vote this week to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, following an accusation that he sexually assaulted a woman during his high school years. 

Christine Blasey Ford told The Washington Post a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s. He has denied the allegations. 

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who represents parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, tweeted, "Now that #Kavanaugh's accuser has stepped forward, it's even more important GOP postpones any confirmation vote and instead swiftly investigates these claims - including hearings."

Those sentiments were echoed by many of Velazquez's peers, including Rep. Jerry Nadler, representing parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, who tweeted, "These serious and credible charges demand immediate investigation by @senjudiciary. I strongly urge Chairman @ChuckGrassley to hold further hearings before considering a vote on Judge Kavanaugh."

Rep. Grace Meng, who represents parts of Queens, tweeted, "The claims against Judge #Kavanaugh are serious and troubling, and these allegations must be fully and thoroughly investigated. The vote on his confirmation must be postponed until such an investigation concludes."

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, whose district includes parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, tweeted, "#SCOTUS Justices are the some of the most critical figures in the US government. As such, they must be held to the highest standards of integrity. As long as there is any doubt that Judge Kavanaugh has unfailingly met these standards, we cannot confirm him. #DelayTheVote."

And Rep. Gregory Meeks, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, tweeted, "The years of consistency #Kavanaugh's accuser had speaking about the incident warrants that the Senate holds off confirmation until an investigation has been completed. It would be obscenely irresponsible to move forward without hearings."