Bernie Sanders says he doesn’t plan to talk about Kavanaugh until Senate votes
Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday he won’t be talking about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until he’s confirmed.
Speaking at a news conference in New Hampshire, Sanders said he would be happy to discuss the allegations, which he said are serious.
Sanders, who has been critical of Kavanaugh’s nomination, said he was not aware of any sexual misconduct or sexual assault complaints against Kavanaugh.
“I have nothing to hide,” Sanders said.
Sanders said he did not know the allegations against Kavanaugh when they were made against him in October, but that he has not heard them all and would not be making any comment on them until he hears more about them.
“I don’t think it’s necessary,” Sanders told reporters.
“What we know is that they are serious allegations, and that’s why we’re going to get to the Senate floor and have hearings and vote.”
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., on Thursday said that he expects Kavanaugh will be confirmed, even if it means not being able to speak at the confirmation hearing.
Booker said he thinks he knows what Kavanaugh is going to say and said it’s not a surprise that the allegations came out against him.
“The people of New Jersey are going to be the ones deciding whether Brett Kavanaugh is a fair, impartial judge,” Booker said.
“We need to be careful what we ask him to do.
We need to have faith that he’s going to do what’s best for the people of our state.”
A White House official said Thursday that it was not a priority for the president to have the nomination taken up.
The official, who was not authorized to discuss personnel matters and spoke on condition of anonymity, said that President Trump is not taking any chances and is confident that he will be able to get confirmed.