Blunt Rochester, House Democrats urge proceedings to be postponed

Lisa Blunt Rochester

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester joined 64 of her House Democratic colleagues in sending a statement to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to postpone the proceedings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court.

The letter stated:

“Once again, we are urgently requesting that Senate leadership postpone any proceedings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court until a thorough FBI investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual assault and misconduct has been completed.

We have heard credible allegations from three women — Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick — who bravely shared their traumatizing experiences of sexual as-sault and misconduct at the hands of Judge Kavanaugh.

We urge you to give these allegations the respect and seriousness they deserve. Anything short of that is an insult to women and girls everywhere and sends a chilling message that survivors should not come forward because they will not be believed.

In 1991, the Senate disrespected Anita Hill, questioned her credibility, and discounted her experiences. Now, 27 years later, Senate leadership has an opportunity to do better.

These courageous women have nothing to gain by speaking their truth and every reason to stay silent and avoid the harassment and death threats they are currently receiving for coming forward.

Survivors deserve to be heard and believed. As a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court is on the line, we implore you to abandon the artificial timeline you have created, support these women who have come forward, and do your duty to the American people by conducting a fair and balanced nomination process.

Please remember that the women and girls of the world are watching and looking to you for leadership. We hope you will rise to the occasion.”

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