‘If the mere allegation with no corroboration is sufficient to disqualify someone, we’ve entered a new phase that we probably don’t want to enter…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he’s still not sure whether he believes Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s denial of sexual misconduct, even after voting to confirm him.
“He was very persuasive,” Flake said in an interview on ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday. But Flake said he’s still not as certain as other Senate Republicans.
“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 [Senate] floor before that hearing, we’re likely to leave the hearing with as much doubt as certainty. And that’s how I felt afterwards,” he said.
Flake reaffirmed that Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault, did not provide enough corroborating evidence to back her claims.
“If the mere allegation with no corroboration is sufficient to disqualify someone, we’ve entered a new phase that we probably don’t want to enter,” Flake said.
Co-host Sunny Hostin asked Flake if he personally believed Ford’s claims.
“I don’t know,” Flake responded. “I don’t know if I believed him either.”
Flake was an important swing vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and ultimately voted in support of the new Supreme Court Justice. After pledging his support, Flake backtracked and asked for a supplemental FBI investigation into Ford’s claims.
On “The View,” Flake said he delayed the vote and asked for an FBI investigation in part because of the anti-Kavanaugh protesters who confronted him.
“I felt for them,” Flake said of the two women protesters who confronted him in a Senate elevator. “You could tell that it was genuine, and I just want them to know we hear them.”
Conservative media have noted that the two, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who were widely touted as “heroes” are, in fact, paid professional staffers for the leftist Center for Popular Democracy and are involved with radical activist group UltraViolet.
Flake said he would have liked “a broader investigation that started sooner,” but confirmed that the FBI’s report was thorough.
He added, “I wish the country could have read that report.”