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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears headed for approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee—one day after nearly nine hours of testimony regarding high school allegations.
Retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who was expected to be the key vote on the committee poised to pass the vote along party lines, 11-10, announced Friday morning he would support Kavanaugh:
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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.
“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,” Flake added in his statement Friday.
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“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,” he continued.
Still in question when the nomination goes to the Senate floor are Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, who haven’t said yet how they would vote. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is also believed to...
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