The events of the past week have reinforced why the FBI should reopen its background check of Brett Kavanaugh. That long has been the practice when new information has surfaced about nominees, even those, like Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge tapped to sit on the Supreme Court. Democrats and Republicans quickly agreed on such a course 27 years ago when Anita Hill came forward with credible accusations of sexual harassment against now Justice Clarence Thomas.

The FBI addendum didn’t prevent the proceedings from descending into an embarrassment for the Senate. Still, it is the orderly, independent and careful way to move ahead, the bureau gathering facts, what it learns serving as the basis for informed questioning by the Judiciary Committee.

It could be the FBI will discover enough to settle the matter, the nominee withdrawing or senators even finding little to justify an additional hearing.

All that is required is for the Trump White House to make the request. Yet the president has refused, doing no favor for his nominee. Kavanaugh is in the position of rejecting the reopening while the woman who has accused him of sexual assault when they were teenagers favors the FBI returning to the background check.

The question logically follows: Are the president and Republican allies interested in the truth?

Instead, the predictable circus has ensued. New revelations have emerged about Kavanaugh, the nominee landing on Fox News to make his case. On Monday evening, Michael Avenatti, the ever TV ready attorney for Stormy Daniels, jumped into the fray. Committee Republicans, all men, have enlisted a female attorney to pose questions and improve, supposedly, their visuals at the hearing looming Thursday, both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, slated to appear.

The nominee told the Judiciary Committee in a letter sent Monday that he “will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process.” He cited “the coordinated effort to destroy my good name.” Bad behavior long ago belongs in proper context. People make mistakes. They also grow up, mature and change.

What Kavanaugh should know is that the difficulty for his nomination goes beyond the allegations by Ford and information from others worthy of FBI attention. He is seeking a lifetime seat on the highest court, and his credibility faces challenges, something a justice, especially, cannot afford. He denies categorically the incident Ford describes took place. So, this isn’t about an error as an teen. It is about whether he is telling the truth, or what the FBI should be asked to find.

More, Kavanaugh already has invited doubts about his truthfulness, notably, through his cagey answers about gaining Democratic documents regarding the judicial confirmation process when he served in the George W. Bush White House. One reasonable concern is that he would arrive at the Supreme Court under a shadow hard to escape. The court and the country can do better.

This nomination process has been botched, the Republican majority in too much of a hurry. As things stand, the larger problem has become the nominee himself. Brett Kavanaugh would do well to think hard about withdrawing, the president then making a new pick for the Supreme Court.