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Sen. Debbie Stabenow wants FBI investigation of allegations against Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in Studio East at Michigan Radio.
Cameron Stewart
Michigan Radio

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) says she agrees that the FBI should investigate a sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  

Kavanaugh is a U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

California university professor Christine Blasey Ford says Kavanaugh tried to rape her when he was 17 and she was 15. Her attorneys say she is willing to speak with the Senate Judiciary Committee, but not prior to an FBI investigation.  
Stabenow says there's good reason for that approach.

"It's important it not be just 'he said, she said," Stabenow says. "The FBI frequently goes back with new information to do more with a background check."

Stabenow says in this case, there was allegedly another person in the room where Ford says the assault happened.

"The young man who was there... has written a book about those days of drinking and partying.  Clearly there was a culture here of incredibly excessive drinking and partying and I think it's only fair since he was there in the room, according to Dr. Ford, that he be under oath and testify as well."

Kavanaugh says the assault did not happen. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says an FBI investigation is not necessary, because the Senate is already investigating.

Stabenow made the comments on Stateside.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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