Following the intensely emotional testimonies from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh over 35-year-old allegations of sexual assault before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) announced that he plans to vote “Yes” on President Trump’s nominee to United States Supreme Court should it come to the Senate floor.
In a respectful statement, Corker, long considered a swing vote on Kavanaugh, said that after taking Dr. Ford’s allegations seriously and weighing them against the facts, he has ultimately concluded that Kavanaugh deserves “the presumption of innocence.”
“I know it took courage for Dr. Ford to appear before the committee today,” said the statement. “I also strongly believe that Judge Kavanaugh, like all Americans, deserves the presumption of innocence and that it was equally important for him to have the opportunity to address the charges and defend himself.”
The senator concedes that Kavanaugh is “qualified to serve on the Supreme Court” and will be voting to confirm him.
“I believe Kavanaugh has conducted himself as well as anyone could expect throughout this process and plan to vote to confirm him,” Corker’s statement concludes.
The other Republican swing votes in the Senate — Murkowski, Collins, and Flake — have not stated if they will vote “Yes” as of this writing.