Thank you, Sen. Jeff Flake, for requesting an FBI investigation before a full Senate vote on the Supreme Court appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Thank you for helping me keep my belief that our Senate can be impartial and that Supreme Court appointees will be judges of high moral character and worthy of my respect and trust.

I have closely followed the Senate hearings and listened to the presentations and questioning of Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh. I have been extremely troubled by the rush to confirmation and the lack of an investigation into the various sexual assault allegations.

I was particularly disturbed by not having Mark Judge questioned by either the Senate committee or the FBI, given that he was allegedly present when the alleged assault occurred.

As a mother and grandmother, I need to believe in justice and safety for women. If their voices are not heard or if their stories are marginalized, our democracy is a charade for half of our citizens.

When one brave woman steps forward with her truth, she empowers hundreds of others. When one moral senator puts justice before party power, he gives us back our belief in one nation with liberty and justice for all. Thank you for your moral courage.

Bernice Warren, Bartow