Sen. Jeff Flake: I Will Vote To Confirm Brett Kavanaugh
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 28, 2018,
Sep 28, 2018, 22:25
The committee's action came less than a day after it heard from Kavanaugh and Ford, who alleges the nominee pinned her to a bed and tried to remove her clothes at a party in 1982, when the federal appeals court judge was 17.
According to NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, a majority of Republicans say that if Ford was sexually assaulted as a teenager by Kavanaugh - i.e., even if they believe her claims - he should still be confirmed anyway. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. - who had been considered a potential Kavanaugh swing vote - said that he would vote in favor of the nomination.
Joe Donnelly, a moderate Democrat who a year ago voted for Trump's previous Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, announced he would vote against Kavanaugh.
While this woman spoke, Flake and his staff requested that she leave the elevator and allow him to move.
Meanwhile, there were signs the remarkable testimony before the panel - in which Kavanaugh angrily declared his innocence and Ford calmly recounting the moment in which she says he attacked her - had registered negatively with two organizations whose support Kavanaugh had earlier received.
Kavanaugh noted he was "thoroughly vetted" by the ABA.
"His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting".
"This is a failure of this body to do it what has always said it's about, which is to be deliberative", Sen. "Nobody believed me", one survivor revealed. Jeff Flake announced he will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "Don't look away from me", she said through tears.
Respectfully, Flake responded, "I need to go to the hearing". Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. But Flakes says in a statement he still has "much doubt" after the committee's explosive hearing Thursday. Manchin's aide tweeted that he was still undecided. That vote is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2.
He lashed out over the time it took the committee to convene the hearing after Ford's allegations emerged, singling out the Democrats for "unleashing" forces against him. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said at a press conference after the walkout.
"They can not be dismissed, as some of my colleagues suggest, as merely intemperate rants by Democrats on the Committee", Sen.
The committee is set to vote at 9:30 a.m. ET Friday. "I've spoken to a few other members who - on my side of the aisle that may be supportive as well, but that's my position".
That increases the pressure on a handful of colleagues who haven't yet said whether they back Kavanaugh: Republican Sens.
It is critically important, he said, that the Senate show it is committed to "a Supreme Court that is above reproach".
"This has never been about the truth". Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said Friday.
"Based on your going through that experience, would you recommend that we continue to consult the ABA when it comes to judges?" Sen. "There's the process before Kavanaugh, and the process after Kavanaugh".
Flake's office released a statement just before the vote.
The senator, visibly shaken, said he had to go to the committee's vote, as one of his aides attempted to flag security.
On Friday, right after news that Sen.
"I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".
Meanwhile, two vulnerable Democratic senators in the midst of tight re-election races - Indiana Sen. Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida, Joe Donnelly of IN and Jon Tester of Montana all said they would vote no.
Trump had canceled today's planned meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein so as to free up his time to watch the hearing at which one of Kavanaugh's accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, testified.
Blumenthal contended his testimony would help corroborate Ford's version of what happened. "I'll be voting against him".