After suggesting he wanted to “hear more” from the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a key Republican vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday night that he supported delaying a vote to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination Thursday, Politico reported.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) made similar comments on Sunday, saying the committee should postpone its vote, even though Corker is not part of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Both senators, set to retire when their terms are up later this year, suggested that the accuser should be heard and proceedings should pause until that happens.
“If they push forward without any attempt with hearing what she’s had to say, I’m not comfortable voting yes,” Flake told Politico. “We need to hear from her. And I don’t think I’m alone in this.”
“I think that would be best for all involved, including the nominee,” Corker reportedly said. “If she does want to be heard, she should do so promptly.”
Flake stopped short of calling for Kavanaugh to pull out of the running, telling Politico he wouldn’t respond that “that question at all” when asked.