- Republican senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker announced their support for Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
- Both were thought to potentially vote against him.
- Flake’s position on the Senate Judiciary Committee assures that the full Senate will vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Tuesday.
Republican senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, both potential swing votes in Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, announced that they will ultimately vote for him.
Flake – along with Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski – was one of the few key Republican senators thought to potentially vote against Kavanaugh. Democrat Joe Manchin is also thought to be potentially undecided. Corker, like Flake, is a frequent critic of Trump,but often votes in line with his position anyway.
“There is no question that Judge Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and in a different political environment, he would be confirmed overwhelmingly,” Corker said in a statement.
As a senator on the Judiciary Committee, Flake’s support for Kavanaugh guarantees that the full Senate will vote on his confirmation, which is scheduled for Tuesday. The committee heard testimony Wednesday from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexually assaulting him when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh denied the allegations.
“Our justice system affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. This is what binds us to the rule of law,” Flake said in a statement.
A sexual assault survivor just confronted Jeff Flake (who just announced he's voting for Kavanaugh): "Don't look away from me! Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land" pic.twitter.com/Jix2BI090B
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 28, 2018
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