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Buehler joins governor in calling for FBI probe of Kavanaugh

State Rep. Knute Buehler campaigns for governor. (Photo courtesy Portland Tribune)

State Rep. Knute Buehler joined Gov. Kate Brown Thursday in calling for a halt to the U.S. Supreme Court nominating process for Brett Kavanaugh following a contentious, day-long hearing in Washington.

The gubernatorial hopeful had previously declined to weigh in on the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. That changed after the hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee involving questioning of Kavanaugh and his principal accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

"Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh have both presented compelling testimony,” Buehler stated in an email to the Salem Reporter. “I believe there should be a FBI investigation before the Senate votes on the nomination.”

Buehler, through a spokeswoman, declined to elaborate or answer direct questions. Through the week, as the scandal that has captivated . . .