Sen. Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement calling for the Judiciary Committee to delay the Sept. 20 vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“I am deeply troubled by the assault allegations that have been made by Dr. Ford against Judge Kavanaugh. They should be taken seriously by everyone, irrespective of party and ideology,” said Coons. “I would like to think that we are beyond the days when dismissing an accuser was an acceptable substitute for investigation and an even-handed assessment of the facts. The Judiciary Committee should delay this week’s vote to ensure an opportunity for Dr. Ford’s allegations to be promptly investigated.”