Late Thurday, after a long and often emotional day of testimony at the Senate Confirmation Hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) announced he will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
“I plan to vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” Corker wrote simply.
In his statement – released as an attachment to his tweet – the swing Senator elaborated:
I believe those who come forward with allegation of sexual assault deserve to be heard.
That is why I was one of the first members of the Senate to call on the judiciary committee to delay the original vote on the nomination so that both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh could provide additional information.
I know if took courage for Dr. Ford to appear before the committee today.
I also very strongly believe Judge Kavanaugh, like all Americans, deserves the presumption of innocence and that it was equally as important for him to have the opportunity to address the charges and defend himself.
While both individuals provided compelling, nothing that has been presented corroborates the allegation.
There is no question that Judge Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and is a different political environment, he would be confirmed overwhelmingly.
I believe Judge Kavanaugh has conducted himself as we as anyone could be expected throughout this process and plan to vote to confirm him.
I plan to vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/LDj4epYyhc
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) September 28, 2018
In a statement released late Thursday, Tennessee’s other senator, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), said that he, too, will be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh:
I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh because of his 26 years of distinguished public service and his reputation as a superior jurist, lawyer and teacher.
Judge Kavanaugh denies under oath Dr. Ford’s account of an alleged incident 36 years ago. The FBI has conducted six background investigations of Judge Kavanaugh since that alleged incident and found no such conduct. Every person Dr. Ford alleges was present at the incident says under penalty of a felony it didn’t happen.
Senate Democrats have treated Judge Kavanaugh as innocent until nominated. They have victimized Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford and their families. They have diminished the United States Senate by their embarrassing irresponsibility.