U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen released a statement endorsing the notion of an FBI investigation into sexual assault claims made against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, even as his opponent, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, continued to accuse Bredesen of stalling in declaring whether he supports or opposes the nomination.
“This confirmation process has been abused by both parties, but some voices of sanity have finally appeared and this FBI investigation is an opportunity for the Senate to regain some of its self-respect,” Bredesen said in a statement released Friday.
“I cannot understand why any Senator, or Judge Kavanaugh himself, would not want the FBI to research these allegations. If they are unfounded, as the Judge claims, the FBI can erase a permanent stain on his appointment and on him personally. If the allegations have substance, any Senator of either party should want to take them into consideration before deciding on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. I would feel exactly the same if it were a Democratic appointment under consideration.”
Blackburn, who has expressed her support for Kavanaugh since he was first nominated, released a statement saying that Bredesen was waiting for instructions from Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY.
“Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified extensively before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the American people on Thursday,” Blackburn’s statement said. “I appreciate their willingness to share their stories. Each of us saw more of what we have seen throughout this process: Senate Democrats behaving despicably and putting personal political ambitions above their constitutional duty to advise and consent.
“Phil Bredesen, under Chuck Schumer’s direction, has stayed neutral as long as he can, but now, the hearing is over and he has no other reason to stall. I have been clear from the start: I will always vote to confirm judges who uphold the Constitution. Obviously, Phil Bredesen will not make that commitment to Tennesseans because he’ll only vote when and how Chuck Schumer tells him. That’s not what Tennesseans deserve from their next Senator.”