Democratic Senator Doug Jones, who defeated Republican candidate Roy Moore in Alabama last year, said women in his office have been harassed by supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, including threats and wishes that they be sexually assaulted.
> "The hate and ugliness I have witnessed is unprecedented, and I hope, God I hope, does not reflect who we really are as Americans, and it has been on both sides," Jones said in a conference call with reporters. "I've even had callers telling the young women who've answered my phones that they hope they are sexually assaulted."
The senator said last week that he would vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, citing a process that was “flawed from the very beginning”.
> Alabama's junior senator said he was concerned that Republicans were rushing the confirmation, pointing out that the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee refused to allow the National Archives to transfer all of Kavanaugh's records, including the judge's tenure as staff secretary to President George W. Bush.
Jones also lamented that Kavanaugh’s high school friend, Mark Judge, was not subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Committee for testimony.
Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Judge was in the room when Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during high school.
> "I believe it was flawed from the very beginning, it will be incomplete at the end because of the needless rush for confirmation," Jones said. "There's simply no need to rush a Supreme Court nomination for a lifetime appointment."
> At a second Judiciary Committee hearing last week, Ford and Kavanaugh testified about the sexual assault allegations. Jones said he believed Kavanaugh's conduct at the meeting - the judge said he believed the attacks on his character was "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" for his role in President Bill Clinton's impeachment - was "unbecoming of a judge" much less a potential Supreme Court justice.
Though Jones expected Kavanaugh to defend himself against the allegations, he said the judge showed “partisanship” and a “lack of independence”.
> "There will always be a cloud" over the nomination, Jones said. "They will never get to the bottom of this at all, and that is not just unfortunate for Judge Kavanaugh, it's unfortunate for Dr. Ford and its [sic] unfortunate for the Supreme Court."