WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement:

“There are serious, disturbing allegations about Judge Kavanaugh and they need to be thoroughly vetted.  Rushing ahead with a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination now would be indefensible.

“The best way to do that is for the FBI to fully and independently investigate this matter by interviewing Judge Kavanaugh, Professor Ford, and others, and then present the findings to the committee.  After the FBI completes its process, the Judiciary Committee should have a public hearing where both Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh have a chance to testify and answer questions under oath.

“There shouldn’t be a rush to judgment.  The Senate must take the time to get this right before voting on a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land.”