10.03.18

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons: “I hope the FBI has been allowed to follow all the reasonable leads from the credible allegations.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined the TODAY Show to discuss the FBI investigation into the allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  

“When Dr. Ford came forward with what President Trump described as credible and compelling testimony, I thought and my friend Jeff Flake thought that that deserved a brief, a week long further investigation to show the victims of sexual assault in this country that we take that seriously and it's worth investigating,” said Senator Coons. “I do think whether or not he testified truthfully to the committee is a question before us, the FBI isn't going to reach conclusions, they're going to deliver facts to us from further questioning and then we the Senate are going to have to make an ultimate decision. You know, Jeff's a Republican, I'm a Democrat, I think it was important that we work together to accomplish that.” 

Full audio and video are available here

Excerpts from the interview are below:

Sen. Coons on the FBI investigation: That would concern me. I hope the FBI has been allowed to follow all the reasonable leads from the credible allegations that were before the committee last week and I know that puts them under a lot of pressure, but they have the resources to do it. Jeff and I came to an important agreement that it would be a one week investigation and then leave it to the professionals at the FBI to decide exactly who they ought to interview and when they ought to deliver a final report to the Senate.  

Sen. Coons on whether this is fair: Well, when Dr. Ford came forward with what President Trump described as credible and compelling testimony, I thought and my friend Jeff Flake thought that that deserved a brief, a week long further investigation to show the victims of sexual assault in this country that we take that seriously and it's worth investigating. I do think whether or not he testified truthfully to the committee is a question before us, the FBI isn't going to reach conclusions, they're going to deliver facts to us from further questioning and then we the Senate are going to have to make an ultimate decision. You know, Jeff's a Republican, I'm a Democrat, I think it was important that we work together to accomplish that. 

Sen. Coons on his vote on Judge Kavanaugh: I decided I was going to vote against Judge Kavanaugh after days of interviews and after reviewing his speeches, his writings, and his opinions on the DC Circuit. I think he's outside the legal mainstream. Jeff's a conservative, he'd like a conservative on the Court, I'm not, and I don't agree with Judge Kavanaugh's legal philosophy. This second chapter in his confirmation hearing that was occasioned by Dr. Ford coming forward with these allegations has rocked the Senate, has divided us in a very significant way, and I think what Jeff did that was brave and worth positive regard was saying let's just pause for a week and give the FBI the opportunity to investigate this so that the Senate can make a decision based a more shared set of facts, and I think that was a laudable thing that Jeff did.  

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