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Jeff Flake: I Will Vote to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) delivers remarks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors 86th annual Winter Meeting at the Capitol Hilton January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Flake spoke during the conference's Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards Luncheon which was sponsored by the American Beverage Association, whose …
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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) revealed in a statement  Friday that he will vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was considered a key swing vote to confirm Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

The senator’s full statement reads:

After hearing more than 30 hours of testimony from Judge Kavanaugh earlier this month, I was prepared to support his nomination based on his view of the law and his record as a judge. In fact, I commented at the time that had he been nominated in another era, he would have likely received 90+ votes.

When Dr. Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh surfaced two weeks ago, I insisted that she be allowed to testify before the committee moved to a vote. Yesterday, we heard compelling testimony from Dr. Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh. I wish that I could express the confidence that some of my colleagues have conveyed about what either did or did not happen in the early 1980s, but I left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty.

What I do know is that our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. That is what binds us to the rule of law. While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate’s advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the constitution’s provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well.

I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

CNN reports that when Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) heard the news of Flake’s decision, his immediate response was, “Oh f*ck.”

Left-wing protesters at the Capitol immediately confronted Flake after his announcement.

Flake is not running for re-election in the 2018 midterm elections.

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