Sen. Jeff Flake bashes Kavanaugh for being too 'sharp and partisan' in Senate hearing, says 'we can't have that on the court'

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesSen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday said he felt Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was ‘sharp and partisan.’
  • Republican Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday bashed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s recent performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggesting he doesn’t have the temperament to sit on the nation’s highest court.
  • Flake described Kavanaugh’s interactions with senators as “sharp and partisan.”
  • Flake didn’t elaborate on whether he would still vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday bashed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s recent performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggesting he doesn’t have the temperament to sit on the nation’s highest court.

Flake described Kavanaugh’s interactions with senators during a hearing last week about sexual assault allegations against him as “sharp and partisan,” according to The Atlantic.

“We can’t have that on the Supreme Court,” Flake added.

Flake, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, did not say whether this meant he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh later this week when his nomination is considered on the Senate floor.

During his emotional, fiery testimony last Thursday, Kavanaugh repeatedly attacked Senate Democrats and accused them of attempting to derail his nomination to get “revenge” for former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 election.

As he testified on allegations he attempted to rape Christine Blasey Ford at a party when they were teenagers, Kavanaugh said, “This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups.”

The day after the dramatic hearing, a visibly anguished Flake urged his fellow senators to support a weeklong FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh before a Senate floor vote.

Senate Republicans and the White House ultimately agreed to the investigation, which is ongoing.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly stated that a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination will be held this week.

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