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Marco Rubio: accuser of Brett Kavanaugh should not be criticized

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Thursday that the California woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault should not be criticized if she does not testify on Monday, but he said the Senate must move forward with its consideration of the Supreme Court nominee regardless of her decision.
Rubio said in an interview on “Fox and Friends” that Christine Blasey Ford should not be forced to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, either publicly or privately. But he indicated the Senate should not hold up Kavanaugh’s confirmation process while she decides whether to appear.
“The Senate has to move forward based on the information we have before us,” Rubio said. “Ultimately, it is a difficult choice for someone like her to make, but we got to move forward one way or the other.”
Ford accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly groping her and pinning her down on a bed while a friend watched during a house party while the two where in high school. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Kavanaugh and Ford have been asked to testify before the committee in a hearing slated for Monday. Ford has said she wants an FBI background investigation into her allegations opened first, which appears unlikely to happen. Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley has given Ford until Friday to make her decision.
Rubio said he continues to be supportive of Kavanaugh’s nomination and that “if there is credible information that emerges that somehow undermines that, I would let everybody know.”
The Florida Senator also said that the Senate “can only make votes depending on the information that’s before us, and that is credible and that can be proven.”
“If, ultimately, we have seen sort of these allegations that have been out there in the press, but no testimony about it has been presented, no further information made available, we’ve heard his denials, and I imagine that is what we will hear again at that hearing on Monday and based on that information … we’ll have to make a decision,” Rubio said.
“Ultimately, we have to move forward based on what we know. And that is, you know, his years of experience on the bench, 12 years on the circuit court already in D.C., and move forward from there,” he added.