Sen. Bob Menendez on Monday said Bob Hugin’s delaying a determination on whether or not Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed amounted to support for the U.S. Supreme Court nominee, who faces accusations of sexual assault and predatory behavior from three women.
“I don’t know what more you need to make a conclusion on Kavanaugh. He said he wanted to see the hearings? Fine, he saw the hearings. Does he not believe Dr. Ford? What is he waiting for the FBI investigation to prove?” Menendez said Monday following a press conference on Kavanaugh. “So, I believe that he is for Kavanaugh, and I believe the only reason that he’ll say anything differently if he ends up anywhere differently, is because he’ll make a political determination.”
Hugin previously said he would decide where he stood on Kavanaugh following hearings last Thursday, when Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, testified.
Since then, the Senate Judiciary Committee has cleared the FBI to reopen its background check on the judge in order to vet the accusations of two of Kavanaugh’s three accusers.
Hugin now says he will make a determination following the results of that investigation, which began on Friday and will last one week.