Peters backs FBI inquiry into Kavanaugh accusations

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to become the next U.S. Supreme Court justice has become the latest political storm in Washington.

After California college professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school, senators said they wanted both to testify before the Judiciary Committee. Then, Tuesday, Ford said she wants an FBI investigation before she testifies.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said he wants that investigation to happen, too.

“Some very serious allegations have come forward and the woman who is bringing these allegations should be heard,” he said. “We will see if she will be at that hearing, all though she has also requested that there’s an FBI investigation prior to that testimony, which to me makes sense. That’s what the FBI does. The FBI does background checks and in fact they did background checks on Judge Kavanaugh. But now new information has come to light. It’s certainly not unreasonable, in fact it’s the normal course of action, that the FBI would then look into those allegations and at least put some context in it.”

Democrats on the Judiciary Committee (which Peters does not sit on) have sent a letter arguing the FBI should investigate.

The committee hearing is scheduled to go forward Monday, though as Peters noted, it’s unclear if Ford will testify.

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