United States Senator Ben Sasse decried how Democrats on the Judiciary Committee handled the allegation by Christine Blasey Ford that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while both were in high school.
Sasse, a Republican, also expressed sympathy to Kavanaugh during the Thursday hearing by the Judiciary Committee, stating that that waiting until background checks were concluded and the initial hearings were over to disclose the allegation did him a disservice.
“But then once the process was closed, once the FBI investigation was closed, once we were done meeting in public and in private, then this was sprung on you.,” Sasse told Kavanaugh.
Sasse, visibly emotional, then turned his attention to fellow Judiciary Committee members.
Sasse said Democrats withheld the allegation of sexual assault raised by Ford until the committee would have the least ability to handle it.
“We’ve got 35-plus days from all the time that this evidence was in the hands, recommendations were made to an outside lawyer. You could have handled all this. You could have had this conversation in private in a way that didn’t, not only do crap to his family, but do a… I yield my time,” Sasse stated with his thought trailing off before yielding the mic.
Both Ford and Kavanaugh appeared before the committee Thursday.
Ford alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted him during a party while both were in high school. Kavanaugh denied the allegation.