Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) announced that he “will vote to confirm” Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, ending speculation that he might stop the Senate Judiciary Committee from opening the issue up for a vote in the full U.S. Senate.
BREAKING: Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona announces he will 'vote to confirm' Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
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Flake, an opponent of President Donald Trump, had insisted that Christine Blasey Ford be allowed to testify before the Senate, and he did not indicate which way he would vote on Thursday evening, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“I want to give it some thought tonight. This is a tough decision, it really is,” Flake said late Thursday. He said he wanted to review documents related to the allegations again.
Since Republicans have an 11-10 majority vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee, a single “no” vote could have derailed the process. Flake’s announcement suggests that the Senate will move to a vote to confirm Kavanaugh as early as Saturday, although it may wait until Monday. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are widely considered the most likely to reject Kavanaugh in the final vote.
However, liberals may have sealed their fate by harassing Susan Collins’ office, attempting to bribe her to vote “no” on Kavanaugh and leaving disgusting voicemails calling her a “dumb c*nt” and a “dumb b*tch.”
Furthermore, rumors have been swirling that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) are considering voting “yes” on Kavanaugh.
So long as every Republican but one votes to confirm the nominee, he will join the Supreme Court. Even if every single Democrat votes against him, and Murkowski also votes against him, Vice President Mike Pence would break the tie.
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