Vt. delegation calls for Trump to withdraw Kavanaugh nomination

WASHINGTON (WCAX) Vermont's congressional delegation is calling for a halt in the nomination process of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and a full investigation into new allegations against him.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday prepares to question Christine Blasey Ford, the California woman who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teens, Vermont's delegation says a number of new allegations now need to be considered before a vote.

Sen. Patrick Leahy on Twitter Wednesday called for President Trump to withdraw Kavanaugh's name from consideration, saying that Republicans "can no longer pretend this is a tolerable process."

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Twitter said there are only two viable options. "Trump can withdraw Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. Or Kavanaugh himself can call for an FBI investigation if he truly believes the allegations are false."

And Rep. Peter Welch called new allegations brought against Kavanaugh by a third woman as "despicable."

Kavanaugh, so far, has categorically denied all of the allegations against him.

Senate leaders have vowed to go forward with a committee vote on the nominee as early as Friday.