A massive coalition of US Christian churches attended by over 40 million people wants Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw his Supreme Court nomination.
The National Council of Churches says the conservative jurist has “disqualified himself”.
The group says in a statement that at last week’s dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, he showed “extreme partisan bias”, demonstrating he lacks the temperament to join the high court.
A later addition to the statement, as reported by the Religious News Service , added a call for a full and “unhindered investigation into allegations of sexual assault.”
The group says Kavanaugh told “outright falsehoods.” And it is criticising his judicial record on voting rights, health care and other issues on which the group has taken liberal-leaning positions.
Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Judge nominee is accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford when they were teenagers .
According to Ford, Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothing at a party in 1982.
Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump in July , denies the allegations, calling them “a smear campaign”.
Both Kavanaugh and Ford testified in front of the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Kavanaugh is a Roman Catholic who has said religion is an important part of his life. The council does not represent Roman Catholics.
The National Council of Churches represents congregations across 40 denominations, including most of the major Protestant and Eastern Orthodox divisions of faith.
It has a statement of creed that advances social policy, such as equal rights, worker protection, just immigration, and multilateral diplomacy.
A day after the emotional testimony, the panel voted to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate, but called on the White House to order an FBI investigation into the allegations before a full Senate vote.
Trump directed the FBI to conduct a probe late on Friday.
Only the president or Kavanaugh himself could withdraw the nomination, while the Senate could reject him in the confirmation process by a majority vote. The confirmation could also never be brought to a vote, though that’s an unlikely outcome.
In addition to Dr Ford’s claims, the FBI will look into an allegation by former Yale University classmate Deborah Ramirez that Judge Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken party.
The FBI will not look into a third allegation by Julie Swetnick, who alleged Judge Kavanaugh was present at a party decades ago where she was gang-raped.