Corker, Alexander Poised To Vote Yes On Kavanaugh

Posted at 11:46 AM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 19:53:08-04

Sen. Bob Corker says that he plans to vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Corker said Thursday that “supplemental background investigation found absolutely zero corroboration of the allegations that have been made.” 

Senators Corker and Lamar Alexander both voiced support for Kavanaugh after California professor Christine Blasey Ford testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were both teenagers in the early 1980s.

Newschannel5 caught up with Senator Alexander at an event today for the opening of the Tennessee State Museum at its new Bicentennial Mall location. He appeared to still support Judge Kavanaugh, though he hadn't yet had a chance to view the report.

"I watched every minute of the hearing last week as many Americans did," said the Senator. "I will read the new FBI report tomorrow (Friday) before voting to end debate." 

"Keep in mind, there have been six prior FBI background checks on Judge Kavanaugh over the last 26 years" he said, none of which "turned up a hint of the kind of thing that was alleged" in last week's hearing.

Senator Alexander called it a "dangerous precedent and fundamentally unfair" to deny Kavanaugh a vote on "unsubstantiated claims." He went on to accuse Democrats of turning the process into a circus.

"Justice Scalia, the most conservative justice, was confirmed unanimously. Justice Ginsburg, the most liberal justice, was confirmed unanimously. It wasn't whether we agreed with them, it's whether we thought they had the character, temperament, and intelligence to do the job. We need to get back to that."

An FBI inquiry began last week at the direction of the White House after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona -- a key vote on the nomination -- called for it with the backing of Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a key step to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, saying on the Senate floor that "this evening, the Senate will receive the results of the FBI supplemental background investigation" into the allegations against the nominee. 

*CNN contributed to this report.