WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement calling for the Judiciary Committee to delay Thursday’s scheduled vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“I am deeply troubled by the assault allegations that have been made by Dr. Ford against Judge Kavanaugh. They should be taken seriously by everyone, irrespective of party and ideology. I would like to think that we are beyond the days when dismissing an accuser was an acceptable substitute for investigation and an evenhanded assessment of the facts. The Judiciary Committee should delay this week’s vote to ensure an opportunity for Dr. Ford’s allegations to be promptly investigated."