Two staffers in the Washington, D.C., Senate office of Rand Paul (R-KY) refused on Wednesday to say whether the Senator believed a person who had committed sexual assault should be disqualified from serving on the Supreme Court.
Both said that Paul, who announced his support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation on July 30, would weigh the evidence presented at Thursday’s hearing on the allegations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a psychologist who has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to violently rape her at a party in 1982. The staffers indicated the evidence may change Paul’s vote.
Asked whether Paul believed someone who has committed sexual assault should be barred from serving on the Supreme Court, a male staffer said he “didn’t want to put words in [Paul’s] mouth” and referred The Rambler to Paul’s social media accounts to check for “a statement.”
In a second call to the same office, a female staffer declined to say whether Paul believed a person who had committed sexual assault should be disqualified from consideration for the lifetime position.
At the time of the calls, three women had accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. In the hours since, CNN reported that two more women have raised similar allegations. Of these five women, only Ford has been scheduled to testify before the Senate.
A Judiciary Committee vote whether to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate, scheduled for Friday at 9:30 A.M., would seem to preclude the other women’s testimony.
Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.