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AG worries Kavanaugh allegations could chill assault reports

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Brad Schimel says he fears sexual-assault allegations against the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have become so politicized that victims won’t come forward any more.

Schimel told reporters on Thursday that the allegations against Kavanaugh have become a “political football.” He’s worried sex-assault survivors won’t come forward because they’re afraid they’ll be caught up in a similar situation.

He adds he doesn’t envy anyone trying to learn the truth about the allegations against Kavanaugh because the case has become such a political game.

Schimel signed a letter in July urging the U.S. Senate to confirm Kavanaugh. He said on Thursday that Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the high court. He says Kavanaugh has served honorably as a federal appellate judge but the Senate has a hard decision before as it considers confirmation.

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