Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) — who won his seat in a special election against Republican Roy Moore, who was credibly accused of sexual misconduct toward multiple women and girls as young as 14 — does not expect the anonymous sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh to derail his Supreme Court confirmation.
Speaking on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, Jones told host Jake Tapper he thinks Kavanaugh's nomination process will proceed. "There's really not much that can be done," he said, "unless this person comes forward, and you can see this and talk to the person who wrote that letter."
Tapper pressed Jones for his thoughts on fellow Senate Democrats' two-month delay in bringing the allegation to light, as the accuser first contacted lawmakers including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in July. "Well, I think it should have been brought up, at least behind closed doors," Jones replied. "I mean, it's a really serious allegation," he continued. "I wish someone had talked about it early on. It could have maybe been cleared up."
Watch Jones' comments in context below. Bonnie Kristian