Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday called on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to stay his seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee for at least a week as it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
In a letter to Manchin, Cruz wrote that the senator has been a friend of Manchin for many years and he believes his continued employment in the Senate should be at the center of the committee’s investigation.
Cruz said he believes the committee will release a final report within the next month and that he wants to make sure that the Senate is “clear on the facts and the law” before he will “consider whether to move on to another seat.”
Manchin is one of the Democrats in the Judiciary Committee who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault in a letter last month.
He said he will continue to call for a Senate ethics investigation into Kavanaugh.
Cruz also noted that he has “been critical of Judge Kavanaugh’s behavior,” but said he doesn’t want to give the accused the opportunity to make a false allegation against the Senate.
“Judge Kavanaugh’s past conduct in this matter is a disgrace to the Senate, and I cannot support his continuing as a member of the Judiciary committee.
As I said before, I do not believe the committee should conduct an investigation of this matter when it lacks evidence of the allegations and it does not have a strong enough case,” Cruz wrote.
He added, “I am writing this letter to express my disappointment in the committee for its decision to continue to investigate Judge Kavanaugh even though it does have no evidence to support any allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.
I hope that Senator Manchin will join me in continuing to call on the committee to complete its investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and any other accused accused of misconduct in the future.”
Manchin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.