24 hours after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified that she was “100%” sure that Supreme Court nominee and current federal judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in 1982, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote to move Kavanaugh’s nomination along, according to reports.
Democrats had hoped they could depend on Republican Arizona Senator Jeff Flake to vote against Kavanaugh, but Flake said he will in fact support Kavanaugh–even though he said he left the contentious nomination hearing yesterday “with as much doubt as certainty.”
“Our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence,” Flake said in a prepared statement. “That is what binds us to the rule of law.”
Kavanaugh sometimes angrily declared his innocence yesterday, and went head-to-head with Democrats on the Judiciary Committee–even sarcastically asking one Senator if she liked to drink.
Kavanaugh has claimed that he is the victim of a “political hit job” orchestrated by Democrats, and said people who were upset that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 were taking it out on him.
Kavanaugh worked for special counsel Kenneth Starr during the impeachment investigation against former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
There is little that Democrats can do to stop Kavanaugh from making it to the High Court, so once it became clear that the vote to send his nomination to the full Senate would move forward, Democrats on the Senate panel, other Democratic lawmakers in attendance, and Dr. Ford supporters walked out of the hearings.