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Jeff Flake On 'The View': I Doubted Brett Kavanaugh But Voted 'Yes' Anyway

"You know, she was very compelling; he was very persuasive. I don’t know, I don’t know."

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is still managing to live up to his name in trying to have it both ways after making his big decision on Brett Kavanaugh.

Speaking on "The View" this week, Flake admitted to having doubts about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's testimony regarding uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault from 36 years ago, but decided to vote "Yes" for his confirmation anyway.

Prior to the vote on Kavanaugh, Flake famously called for a delay on the Senate floor so that the FBI could investigate the allegations further; he admitted on "The View" that his decision stemmed from the Soros-funded protesters who cornered him in an elevator.

"I felt for them," Flake said of women protesters. "You could tell that it was genuine, and I just want them to know we hear them."

Flake also admitted on the show of not being sure if Christine Blasey Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh was true or not, saying she was "very compelling."

"You know, she was very compelling; he was very persuasive," Flake said. "I don’t know, I don’t know. I wish I had the certitude that some of my colleagues expressed, but I said on the floor before that hearing, we’re likely to leave the hearing with as much doubt as certainty, and that’s how I felt afterwards."

To Flake's credit, he admitted to letting the lack of corroborative evidence tip the scale in Kavanaugh's favor, which stands in line with America's commitment to due process.

"On the flip side ... if the mere allegation with no corroboration is sufficient to disqualify someone, we’ve entered into a new phase that we probably don’t want to enter," Flake said.

At this moment, co-host Sunny Hostin asked Flake flatly if he didn't believe Blasey Ford.

"So you didn’t believe her?" she asked.

"I don’t know," Flake said. "I don’t know if I believed him either."

During the debate over Kavanaugh's confirmation, Flake did, however, push back on the media's attempt to paint the justice as an excessive drinking party boy. He even told NBC's "TODAY" it was a false charge.

"That’s obviously difficult to judge what constitutes drinking in excess. I’m not sure how to quite judge that ― especially for this Mormon," Flake said. "If he misled the committee in that way, that’s something that is not right and shouldn’t happen, can’t happen. We’ll have to look at what the FBI comes back with. I don’t want to prejudge."

 
 
 

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