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Mormon Women’s Group Cheers Senator Flake For Insisting On FBI Investigation

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Sharlee Mullins Glenn, a founder of the group Mormon Women for Ethical Government, believes it is both a matter of faith and principle that the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are taken seriously.

In that spirit, this week the group called on four Mormon senators serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee to insist on an FBI investigation into the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who testified that she was assaulted by Kavanaugh in high school.

Three of the Mormon senators, Utah’s Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee and Idaho’s Mike Crapo, didn’t budge. But Arizona’s Jeff Flake did take a stand, although Glenn said it wasn’t as resolute as she would have liked.

“We’re very very grateful this morning for Senator Jeff Flake and for his courage in really putting country over party,” Glenn said.

Flake began the day with a statement that he believed Kavanaugh was innocent until proven guilty and intended to vote yes on his confirmation. He was then bombarded at the Hart Senate Office Building by women sharing their own sexual assault stories.


Flake later voted yes to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination, but he also insisted that the full Senate vote be delayed to give the FBI time to investigate the sexual assault claim against Kavanaugh.

Glenn said she wishes Flake, who is not seeking re-election, had voted against Kavanaugh’s confirmation. But, she was glad to see the senator heed his morals in making his decision, which was a key reason the Senate vote will be delayed.

As far as Hatch, Lee and Crapo, Glenn said she was disappointed.

“We will certainly continue to speak out and call upon them to bring forth the better angels of their own natures,” she said.


Lee Hale began listening to KUER while he was teaching English at a Middle School in West Jordan (his one hour commute made for plenty of listening time). Inspired by what he heard he applied for the Kroc Fellowship at NPR headquarters in DC and to his surprise, he got it. Since then he has reported on topics ranging from TSA PreCheck to micro apartments in overcrowded cities to the various ways zoo animals stay cool in the summer heat. But, his primary focus has always been education and he returns to Utah to cover the same schools he was teaching in not long ago. Lee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is also fascinated with the way religion intersects with the culture and communities of the Beehive State. He hopes to tell stories that accurately reflect the beliefs that Utahns hold dear.
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