Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) remains a key opponent to the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is now facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.
On Wednesday, Kavanaugh faced yet another allegation, this time with the accuser saying he witnessed her being “gang raped.” President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was previously accused of sexually assaulting a girl while the two of them were in high school.
Kavanaugh has denied all of the accusations as “smears, plain and simple,” saying on Wednesday that he feels like he’s living in the “Twilight Zone.”
Klobuchar, a vocal member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appeared Tuesday on CBS This Morning, where she repeated her calls for an investigation into the matter.
“I have in front of me several witnesses, people who are coming forward that want to have a chance to make their case to the American people, to make their case to the Senate,” Klobuchar stated, saying that Kavanaugh’s calls for a “fair process” should involve some sort of “limited investigation.”
“It is a lot different to have to be interviewed by an FBI agent under oath basically than it is when you’re just talking perhaps to a reporter off the record,” Klobuchar continued, saying members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are being “shut out” from gathering information from other witnesses.
Klobuchar also pointed to a recent Fox News interview in which Kavanaugh “downplayed his drinking” and said he “never really blacked out,” which she believes hurt his “credibility.”
“Even in the Anita Hill hearing we had dozens of witnesses that came forward and were allowed to testify,” the Minnesota senator continued. “This time all of that’s being shut out, and as a former prosecutor I think you have to be able to at least get the facts down.”
She also noted that Kavanaugh’s first accuser discussed the allegations with a marriage counselor before “Judge Kavanaugh was even famous.”
“There she was coming forward to a marriage counselor saying that this had happened to her. I think that’s interesting because she didn’t really have a motivation to make that up,” Klobuchar suggested.
She later expressed disagreement with a Republican proposal to have an experienced sex-crimes prosecutor look into the allegations.
Klobuchar is currently seeking reelection for a third term and is running against Republican Jim Newberger.
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