Utah politicians and groups release statements on FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh

This article originally appeared on Fox 13 Now. Read it in its entirety here

UTAH — Utah politicians and other groups weighed in on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Friday after Republicans called for a one-week delay so that the FBI can investigate sexual assault allegations facing President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Senator Orrin Hatch released the following statement on the delay, saying he believed it was “appropriate” to move forward with his confirmation, but he supported a limited investigation:

Katie Matheson, communications director at Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:

“Over the past 48 hours, Utahns have watched as our friends, family members, and co-workers have spoken up and shared their deeply personal stories of sexual assault in solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford. We as a society are facing a reckoning as we hear these stories from brave women and men who are laying bare some of the darkest moments in their lives.

“Over the past two weeks, Senators Hatch and Lee have loudly reaffirmed the same message they sent in 2016 when they ultimately supported then-nominee and accused sexual harasser and assaulter, Donald Trump. In response, we once again strongly state that the career ambitions of a man and an unwavering loyalty to partisan goals should not take precedence over the very real experiences of survivors.

“While this behavior from our Senators is not unexpected, it is nonetheless deeply disappointing. We can only imagine the experience survivors across our state are facing as this issue is once again brought into the national spotlight, and as we once again watch our leaders fail to value the trauma of sexual assault survivors, many of them women, above the aspirations of a powerful man.

“Today, we speak directly to the many Utahns who are survivors of sexual assault–we stand with you, we hear you, we believe you.”

This article originally appeared on Fox 13 Now. Read it in its entirety here

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