Wisconsin senators react to Kavanaugh FBI report

U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., left; and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. (Photos source: U.S. Senate)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- After the Senate was able to view the FBI report detailing the allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Wisconsin Senators look like they're sticking by their previous opinions of the judge.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he's "gotta go with the facts" and supports Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after reading the latest FBI background report.

The Wisconsin senator said Thursday there was "no evidence" to back up claims by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in 1982.

Johnson says he has to "presume innocence on the allegations that are uncorroborated," and that by "all accounts," Kavanaugh has "been a wonderful person, he's treated women with respect, he's mentored them."

Johnson also says there "just not a hint" of excessive drinking being a problem. He's supported Kavanaugh since President Donald Trump nominated him.

Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin headed the other direction with her statement, saying that both the White House and GOP legislators hindered the FBI from conducting a full investigation.

Baldwin says she doesn't believe the hand-picked nominee would be 'impartial' and would overturn Supreme Court decisions on women's reproductive health, such as Roe v. Wade, among other things.

"It is clear to me that the White House and Senate Republicans stood in the way of a full investigation of the credible allegations against this Supreme Court nominee by not allowing the FBI to interview Dr. Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh and a number of witnesses who came forward publicly. My concerns that Judge Kavanaugh was hand-picked by powerful special interests and that he would overturn the law of the land on health care for people with pre-existing conditions and women’s reproductive health have not changed. I am still not convinced that Judge Kavanaugh would serve as a fair, impartial and independent Supreme Court Justice.”


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