Sen. Jeff Flake announced Friday morning he intends to “vote yes” to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court; throwing his support behind President Trump’s pick after allegations of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s derailed the nomination process.
According to the Washington Post, Flake claims he “left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty” but said the American justice system is based on the presumption of innocence.
“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,” said Flake. “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,” he added. “I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”
THE LATEST: Senate Democrats Walk Out of Kavanaugh Vote in Protest
At least four Democrat members of the Senate Judiciary Committee abruptly walked-out of Friday’s hearings surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh; raising the likelihood of a purely partisan vote to endorse the potential Supreme Court Justice.
According to the Hill, Sens. Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Hirono, and Harris suddenly departed the room just moments after Chairman Chuck Grassley officially opened the hearing.
The Committee has scheduled a 1:30pm vote on Kavanaugh.
WATCH: Democratic Senators walk out of committee meeting on Brett Kavanaugh.
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“I strongly object. This is just totally ridiculous. What a railroad job. My answer is no, no, no!” yelled Sen. Hirono as she left the room.
GRAHAM ON HANNITY: Democrats Have 'NO BOUNDARIES' in 'Destroying' Donald Trump
Sen. Lindsey Graham stopped by ‘Hannity’ Monday night to weigh-in on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process; saying “there are no boundaries” when it comes to opposing President Trump and his agenda.
“For [Democrats] to complain about the process is like an arsonist complaining about a fire. The allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are collapsing. This has been the worst low point in the Senate for me and that is saying a lot,” Graham said.
“I never thought it would get this bad. We are going to have a hearing Thursday and have a vote soon thereafter. And I look forward to supporting this good man,” the Senator added. “The takeaway for me, Sean, is that when it comes to Donald Trump, there are no boundaries, there are no rules. Whatever you need to do to destroy him or his agenda is okay.”