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U.S. Senate Bob Hugin at a roundtable on Womens' issues. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Hugin yet to decide on Kavanaugh

Candidate watched some of Thursday’s hearings

By Nikita Biryukov, September 28 2018 5:33 pm

Bob Hugin has yet to take a yes or no stance on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“As Bob has said throughout this process, he thinks these allegations should be investigated thoroughly,” Hugin spokesman Nick Iacovella said when asked on Friday if the candidate had decided on Kavanaugh one way or another.

Iacovella said Hugin had seen some of Thursday’s hearings, which featured testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who has accused the judge of sexual assault.

The Senate Judiciary committee advanced Kavanaugh’s nominations on Friday in a vote along party lines.

The nominee won’t see a vote before the full Senate for at least a week, as Republicans on the committee agreed to delay the vote for seven days pending a narrow FBI investigation of the allegations against Kavanaugh after a closed-door meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Two Republican senators, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, publicly backed the investigation, and Flake said he would not cast a vote in favor Kavanaugh’s final confirmation until the bureau investigated the allegations.

Hugin had backed such an investigation on Thursday.

“The Committee’s handling of this entire process has been a disgrace, and as a result the lives of these two individuals and their families will never be the same,” Hugin said he said then.  “Let the FBI investigate, as thoroughly and expeditiously as possible, so we can bring these allegations to a final conclusion.”

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