Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced his support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh ahead of a Judiciary Committee meeting to vote on his Supreme Court confirmation Friday. Flake was one of a handful closely watched undecided votes on Thursday night, after a hearing where Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified on sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.
Flake said in a statement that Thursday’s hearing left him “with as much doubt as certainty.”
“What I do know is that our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence,” Flake said.
After the Judiciary Committee votes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation Friday, where Flake’s support suggests he will pass with a positive recommendation, the full Senate is expected to take a procedural vote advancing his nomination on Saturday. The final confirmation vote is slated for early next week.