North Dakota's Senators are reacting to Thursday's testimony from Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, and ahead of Friday's vote.
In a written statement Sen. Heidi Heitkamp,D-N.D., does not say whether or not she'll vote to confirm Kavanaugh. She says:
The hearing today requires time to fully digest. Sexual harassment or sexual assault are never acceptable and never excusable. Even in 2018, many survivors still don’t feel comfortable coming forward about these horrible crimes. It took great courage for Dr. Ford to come forward and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. And it was important for Judge Kavanaugh to also and have his side of the story heard before the Committee. Every member of Congress should closely listen to both Dr. Ford’s and Dr. Kavanaugh’s testimony today. What’s very clear is that a non-partisan FBI investigation should have occurred to help determine the facts and bring greater clarity to the veracity of the allegation and the denial.”
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. says he believes Kavanaugh should be confirmed, stating:
"In the confirmation process for the Supreme Court we must make decisions based on facts. Judge Kavanaugh has clearly denied the allegations against him. Any allegation of sexual assault is serious however and Dr. Ford gave her account, but the facts do not support that Judge Kavanaugh was involved. All of the people that Dr. Ford said were at the event specifically say they have no recollection of it ever occurring. That includes Dr. Ford’s friend Leland Keyser. It is truly unfortunate that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee did not follow the standard bipartisan investigation practices of the committee. Based on his lifetime record of achievement, I believe Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed."