Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken released a statement Friday calling for further investigation into sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate votes on his confirmation, according to Newsweek.
> “I join the American Bar Association in calling for an additional investigation into allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. Proceeding with the confirmation process without further investigation is not in the best interest of the Court or our profession,” the statement read.
> Gerken’s statement followed that of Robert Carlson, the president of the American Bar Association and his call for further investigation.
> “We make this request because of the ABA’s respect for the rule of law and due process under law,” Carlson said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein. “The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI.”
Gerken and Carlson’s statements came less than a day after Christine Blasey Ford — Kavanaugh’s first accuser — testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, detailing the harrowing sexual assault she claims was perpetrated by the Supreme Court nominee in the early 1980s.
Kavanaugh also testified Thursday, reiterating his claim that he did not assault Ford during high school and has never sexually assaulted a woman.
Kavanaugh obtained his law degree from Yale Law School in 1990.