Sens. Flake & Corker Want Delay In Brett Kavanaugh Vote After Sexual Assault Accusation From Christine Blasey Ford
Senate Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake voiced opposition this weekend to proceeding with a vote to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court following a sexual assault accusation against the judge.
Flake, an Arizona Republican, was not alone in wanting to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Fellow GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee also stated Sunday that the vote should not be held until the accuser has been heard. Other Republican lawmakers are also reportedly against voting on Kavanaugh just yet.
The allegation against 53-year-old Kavanaugh first surfaced on Friday, although the identity of the accuser was not immediately revealed. On Sunday, the woman — Christine Blasey Ford — gave her name in a Washington Post article.
Kavanaugh denied the allegation and several legislators rushed to defend him, among them Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
The claims against Kavanaugh allegedly date back to his high school days in the 1980s, although more than 60 women from the all-girls Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, have since signed a letter defending the Supreme Court nominee.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, got a letter from Ford and sent it to the FBI.
The Huffington Post reported on Monday that a group of women who attended the same high school as Ford wrote in a letter that they support Kavanaugh’s accuser.
“We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story,” a draft the letter reportedly states.
Kavanaugh’s nomination also appears to be in the hands of two moderate Republicans: Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Neither of the two has said how she will vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had hoped to hold the Kavanaugh vote prior to the start of the new Supreme Court session on Oct. 1.