Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), friend of Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, believes that Brett Kavanaugh will be “narrowly confirmed” to the Supreme Court following the FBI’s investigation into Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that the nominee sexually assaulted her at a pool party 36 years ago.
Speaking with “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, Coons said he expects the vote to be close while conceding that Kavanaugh will come out on top.
“I think this will be a very close vote. It hangs by a few undecided Democrats and Republicans. I haven’t read this report yet, [but] if I were to just guess today, he would be narrowly confirmed,” Coons said, as reported by The Hill.
For his vote, however, Coons said he will be an emphatic “No” because Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy is outside the mainstream.
“In my view, the jurisprudence of Judge Kavanaugh is well outside the mainstream,” Coons said. “I think his views on presidential power and individual liberty are beyond the mainstream of American jurisprudence. I don’t think that’s the case with [Justices] Kagan and Sotomayor, but my friend Sen. [Lindsey] Graham [(R-S.C)] has made that point to me personally that in his view the confirmation process has gotten away from looking at credentials and credibility, and into ideology.”
Regarding the FBI’s investigation into Kavanaugh, Coons admitted that the Democrats essentially have found nothing to corroborate the claims made by Christine Blasey Ford.