Republican Senator Flake to back Trump court pick

Republican Senator Flake to back Trump court pick

"I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", Flake, who has been critical of Trump and is set to retire after his current term, said in a statement.

But he said he hadn't thought at all about a replacement, "Not even a little bit". "The least we could do is give her the dignity and respect of a process that has credibility". Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) are considering voting "yes" on Kavanaugh.

Republican Sens. Flake, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) reportedly met behind closed doors, along with moderate Democrat Joe Manchin (W. Va.) following Thursday's hearings.

The 21 senators on the committee - 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats - are likely to vote along party lines to advance him. Sen. A vote by the full chamber could come next week.

Kavanaugh denied the accusations in a remarkable display, at times growing tearful and at other times angrily attacking Democrats and the media for destroying him and his family with spurious charges.

During a television appearance Friday morning, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said he is "optimistic we'll confirm the judge". "We're friends. We talk".

Democrats have urged a delay in the confirmation process to allow for an FBI investigation.

Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee chair, and Sen.

"Don't look away from me", one of the women can be heard saying.

After Kavanaugh testified, Flake, the only fence-sitting senator who serves on the Judiciary Committee, made a brief statement before huddling with the other senators, NPR reported. And I have deep concerns about the allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh. Jones said in his tweet. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Friday. "Their trauma doesn't matter". I have never seen someone who wants to be elevated to the highest court in the country behave in that manner.

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Several of the senators who have not declared a position on Kavanaugh, including Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., one of three Democrats who supported Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation a year ago, announced he would oppose Kavanaugh. "Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened".

Flake did not address the two women's questions directly, but repeatedly said, "thank you" - including when he was asked by Archila if he thinks Kavanaugh is telling the truth.

Trump said he onthe meeting owing to the fact he was in a meeting with the president of Chile.

Kavanaugh's nomination was in question because Flake, one of the key swing votes on the committee, hadn't been clearly supporting the nominee.

"I'm optimistic we'll get to confirmation", Cornyn said.

The committee's vote will hand the nomination to the full Senate.

Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale University, told the New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when they were both first-year students.

She told the committee she feared Mr Kavanaugh would rape and accidentally kill her during the alleged assault.

Inside the hearing room, senators also continued to talk about the allegations against Kavanaugh, including that of Deborah Ramirez, a client of lawyer Michael Avenatti.

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