Arizona Senator Jeff Flake Will Vote to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, a key swing vote and Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced he will vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Senator Jeff Flake. Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary committee regarding sexual assault allegations at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Thursday, September 27, 2018. at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on September 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill. Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.
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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, a key swing vote and Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced he will vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, one of the key questions in the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and key swing vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement Friday morning indicating his support Kavanaugh according to Slate.

In the statement, Flake said that while he found Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony “compelling,” he felt her testimony was met with a “persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh.” He also said he doesn’t have the “confidence” of some of his Senate colleagues “about what either did or did not happen in the early 1980s.”

“What I do know,” the statement says, “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,” Flake’s statement said.

With Flake locked in as a yes vote, the Judiciary Committee will likely clear the way for a full Senate vote for Kavanaugh to be approved as the newest Supreme Court justice over the weekend.

The only two remaining stumbling blocks for Kavanaugh’s approval are Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Both would need to vote no with the Democrats for Kavanaugh’s approval to be blocked. Neither has indicated which way they would vote as of yet.

After news of his support for Kavanaugh broke, Flake was confronted by survivors of sexual assault after his made his announcement of support for Kavanaugh in a gut-wrenching video.

“Don’t look away from me!” one woman yelled. Another pleaded with Flake to justify voting in favor of someone accused of sexual assault, as Kavanaugh has been.

Flake declined to answer any of those women.

Flake’s decision is huge Senate Republican leaders who have been working tirelessly to push ahead with Kavanaugh’s nomination despite the allegations against him. This clears the way for the Senate Judiciary Committee to meet and vote on Kavanagh’s nomination at 1:30 p.m.

Flake is not seeking re-election and has already announced his plans to retire from the Senate at the end of his term in January.

Flake was vague with what he told reporters yesterday after spending hours listening to testimony from both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford.

“This isn’t easy for anybody,” he told reporters on Thursday evening. “There’s more doubt than certainty moving ahead.”