U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the recent sexual assault allegations brought by Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh disturbed her.
“It turns my stomach. It really turns my stomach. I mean, Ms. Ford needs to be heard, but Brett Kavanaugh needs to be heard and the Senate has a responsibility here,” Haley said on Fox News Thursday. “They have to lead, they have to make sure it’s fair, they have to make sure it’s responsible and they have got to take the politics out of this situation.”
“I don’t think it’s good for either of the individuals to have this dragged out. They need to have a timeline, they need to stick to it and they need to go forward. But as long as they’re fair and responsible, I think that you should hear from both sides. But the politics is what I think people are so disgusted with,” she added.
Those comments reflect those from the White House, which has advocated for hearing testimony from both Ford and Kavanaugh.
“I really want to see her. I really would want to see what she has to say,” Trump said Wednesday.
“Look, if she shows up and makes a credible showing, that’ll be very interesting, and we’ll have to make a decision,” he added. “But I can only say this: he is such an outstanding man, very hard for me to imagine anything happened.”
Ford went to the Washington Post with her allegations Sunday and claimed that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were at a high school party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has already delayed a vote to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to a Senate-wide vote. Ford initially agreed to testify publicly Monday, but then walked that back saying she wanted the FBI to investigate her claims. It was reported on Thursday that Ford’s lawyer was in talks with the committee for her to appear sometime next week, though not on Monday.