Republican Senator Bob Corker, who was once considered “at risk” of voting against Kavanaugh, has made his decision after a day of heated hearings, and Democrats will not be pleased.
Corker announced via Twitter his support for Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh.
He also complimented Kavanaugh for conducting himself “as well as anyone could expect throughout the process.”
I plan to vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/LDj4epYyhc
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) September 28, 2018
According to Chad Pergram of Fox News, 47 GOP senators are already pledged to vote for Kavanaugh.
This means Corker’s “Yes” vote among the 47 leaves Democrats with only 3 more options to stop Kavanaugh – Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, and Elizabeth Murkowski, who are still undecided and may vote as a block.
There are now 47 GOP senators pledged to vote for Kavanaugh. Outstanding GOPers are Collins, Murkowski & Flake. Technically Enzi. But he is not considered to be in play & won't announce his position until he votes. Collins, Murkowski, Flake met w/Manchin. May vote as a bloc
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 28, 2018
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Following an explosive and, at times, highly emotional day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, all eyes turned to several key swing-vote senators who remained outwardly undecided on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s fate late Thursday.
After the hearing, moderate Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowksi, R-Alaska, as well as Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., huddled to discuss the nomination, Fox News confirmed.
They talked for approximately 30 minutes before a GOP conference meeting Thursday evening ahead of Friday’s planned Judiciary Committee vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate.
Meanwhile, in a major boost to Kavanaugh’s bid, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has frequently sparred with President Trump, announced he would support the nominee Thursday night.
“While both individuals provided compelling testimony, nothing that has been presented corroborates the allegation,” Corker wrote in a statement, referring to Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor accusing him of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago. (Ford initially told The Washington Post she was attacked in the “mid-1980s,” and claimed in July the date was in the “early 1980s,” but she testified Thursday the episode occured sometime in 1982).
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a member of the Judiciary Committee, told Fox News after the conference meeting that followed the hearing Thursday, “I think we’re going to go ahead. I worry about every one of these votes.”
And Flake, who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, told Fox News: “It’s a tough one. She offered good testimony, and so did he.”
“If you’re making an allegation, you want there to be some corroboration,” he added. “Where is the burden? It’s like impeachment. You don’t know.”