Gov. Rick Scott says the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is obligated to hear from the woman who accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while both were in high school in the early 1980’s. But, Scott questions the way Senate Democrats on the committee handled the allegations.
“The Judiciary committee needs to seek the truth here. Truth is not partisan, and truth is more important than politics,” Scott said in a written statement issued by his campaign.
Scott, who is running for the Senate seat held by Democrat Bill Nelson, who serves as a member of the Judiciary Committee, questions why the charge of sexual assault is just now being brought up.
Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker earlier this summer. Scott asks why California Sen. Diane Feinstein waited to bring those charges of sexual assault to the Judiciary Committee’s attention until last week.
“These very serious allegations should have been investigated months ago,” Scott said. “But Democrat Senator Feinstein pulled a slick Washington trick and intentionally hid this from the Senate during the hearings. Dr. Ford must receive a fair hearing; her allegations are very serious. And Judge Kavanaugh deserves to have the chance to clear his name.”
Scott also lashed out at his opponent in the race for the Senate, taking a jab at Nelson for not doing his job. Nelson, who did not meet with Kavanaugh at all before the confirmation hearings began, posted on Twitter Monday that he was was now waiting to meet with Kavanaugh after making four requests for a meetig since the allegations were made public.
“I’m still waiting for a meeting with Judge Kavanaugh I’ve requested four times,” Nelson tweeted.” I have a number of questions for him. Meantime, I agree there should be an investigation of the new allegations against him. I believe the people involved should appear before the Judiciary committee.”
I’m still waiting for a meeting with Judge Kavanaugh I’ve requested four times. I have a number of questions for him. Meantime, I agree there should be an investigation of the new allegations against him. I believe the people involved should appear before the Judiciary committee.
— Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) September 17, 2018
“In related news, someone must have told Senator Nelson to start doing his job now, and he is finally saying he’s interested in meeting with the Judge,,” Scott fired back.