During an appearance at The Atlantic Festival in Washington DC, Senate Judiciary Committee members Jeff Flake and Chris Coons answered questions regarding the recent confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh.
Democratic Senator Coons of Delaware finished a “what if Kavanaugh is given a lifetime placement on the Supreme Court” question and the host addressed Republican Senator Flake of Arizona for a response.
Flake’s answer seemed to indicate Kavanaugh should not be confirmed. The Arizona Republican stated:
“I was very troubled by the tone of the remarks. The initial defense that Judge Kavanaugh gave was something like I told my wife: ‘I hope that I sound that indignant if I was unjustly maligned.”
“But then it went on, and the interaction with the members was sharp and partisan, and that concerns me. And I tell myself you give a little leeway because of what he’s been through. But, on the other hand, we can’t have this on the Court. We simply can’t…”
“…We simply have to elevate people to leadership positions and elect people who see it differently and understand the value and purpose of the Supreme Court.”
Watch Flake’s full remarks here.
Sen. @JeffFlake on Judge #Kavanaugh: “The interaction with the members was sharp and partisan and that concerns me. And I tell myself you give a little leeway because of what he’s been through. But, on the other hand, we can’t have this on the Court. We simply can’t.” pic.twitter.com/0horDp9iGn
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 2, 2018
During his opening statement after the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford—who accused President Donald Trump’s SCOTUS nominee of sexual assault when she was 15—Kavanaugh attacked Democrats. He read from his prepared speech:
“This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons…”
Senator Flake also characterized the SCOTUS nominee as hostile toward Democratic Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee. But the Supreme Court is not supposed to pick a party.
While SCOTUS Justices might be seen as conservative or liberal, they are not supposed to be seen as completely biased for or against a political party. Flake stated Kavanaugh’s obvious animus against Democrats troubled him.
Flake previously said if Kavanaugh lied, that act also excluded him from being seated for a lifetime appointment on the SCOTUS bench. But when asked to clarify his remarks during The Atlantic Festival immediately after the event, Flake seemed “rattled” according to Elaina Plott, a writer for The Atlantic.
JUST POSTED: Jeff Flake criticized Kavanaugh for his “sharp and partisan” exchanges. “We can’t have that on the court,” he said. When I caught Flake after the event to ask if this meant he wouldn’t vote to confirm, he appeared extremely rattled. https://t.co/JMdv4m4nvE
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) October 2, 2018
People on social media demanded a clear answer from Flake…