Bar Association requests FBI probe before Kavanaugh vote

Sep 28, 2018, 6:10 AM EDT
(Source: Charles Edward Miller/flickr)
(Source: Charles Edward Miller/flickr)

The American Bar Association has urged the Senate Judiciary Committee not to proceed with the confirmation vote on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh unless the facts of the sexual assault allegations against the judge are examined by the FBI.

In a letter to the Senate committee, Association President Robert Carlson argued that proceeding without an additional inquiry into the grave allegations not only risks tarnishing the Senate’s reputation but could also weaken the great trust in the Supreme Court, writes Reuters.

The calls to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote follows a day of intense action in the Senate as the judge and her accuser testified before the committee, emphatically sticking to their statements over the alleged sexual assault, notes the BBC.

U.S. President Donald Trump lauded Kavanaugh’s performance in the hearing and appealed the Senate to go ahead with the vote, but the nominee’s fate hangs in balance with many senators on both sides yet unsure of their choice.