Maryland Gov. Hogan declines to say whether he would confirm Kavanaugh if he were senator

In an interview with the Baltimore Sun’s editorial board, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declined to say whether he would vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if he were a member of the U.S. Senate.

Hogan said Thursday he had not seen the results of a supplemental FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh in the 1980s. The report has so far only been made available to senators.

Last week, Hogan joined three other Republican governors who called on the U.S. Senate to delay a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh until there’s an independent investigation.

“I’m glad that actually happened, that there was an FBI investigation,” Hogan said Thursday afternonon. “I have frankly no involvement in that. I’ve never taken any position on any Supreme Court nominee. I’m not qualified to make those decisions. I’m not a member of the Senate. I haven’t seen the report. I haven’t watched the testimony. I’m working 15, 18 hours a day, seven days a week. I’m not sitting home watching television. I’ve followed what’s happening, but I don’t feel educated enough to make that decision.”

Democrats quickly seized on Hogan’s comments.

“Larry Hogan has taken many cowardly positions during his time in office, but his refusal to stand by Dr. Blasey Ford as she is being relentlessly attacked by the Republican Party is by far the most cowardly,” said Maryland Democratic Party spokesperson Fabion Seaton.

Democrat Ben Jealous, who is running against Hogan, has called for Kavanaugh to withdraw, saying “our leaders have an obligation not only to believe women when they bring up accusations but to enact systemic change.”

Montgomery County’s chief of police and the county state’s attorney said they have not launched an investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh — though they “remain prepared to investigate any allegation, should a victim come forward.”

The two also noted that under laws that existed in 1982 — the approximate time of allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about Kavanaugh’s alleged actions at a high school party — assault and attempted rape were both misdemeanors subject to a one-year statute of limitations.

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