Pennsylvania lawmakers respond to Kavanaugh allegation

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be delayed. 

Republicans on Capitol Hill made plans on Monday for a Senate committee hearing next week for Christine Blasey Ford to testify and for Kavanaugh to respond. Blasey Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago.

A confirmation vote was scheduled for this week, but in light of the allegations, it has been delayed. 

Casey was in York County on Monday. He says if the allegations are true, that should be a disqualifying factor for a Supreme Court nominee. He says he believes the accuser should have the chance to testify.

"She needs to be heard and Judge Kavanaugh will certainly have a chance to respond as well, but there's no law, no requirement that this committee vote has to take place Thursday," said Casey. 

Casey said he would not vote for Kavanaugh before he was even nominated by President Donald Trump. 

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who previously supported Kavanaugh, says, "It is appropriate for Judge Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford to both appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I will be following the testimony closely and will consider it in the context of all the information that has been presented about Judge Kavanaugh, and his record." 

Congressman Lou Barletta, who is running for Casey's seat, is accusing Democrats of purposely waiting to release the accusation, but says in a statement, "In light of the recent allegation, it would be best for Judge Kavanaugh, his accuser, and the American people to hear testimony immediately from both sides in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

The Senate committee hearing will be held next Monday, Sept. 24.

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