Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

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Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

The U.S. Senate voted Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice. 

Senators approved Kavanaugh in a 50-48-1 roll call vote Saturday afternoon. 

Tennessee Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander both voted in favor of the nomination. 

Alexander issued this statement after the vote:

“I voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh because of his 26 years of distinguished public service and his reputation as a superior jurist, lawyer and teacher.  It would be fundamentally unfair and a dangerous precedent not to confirm him because of an uncorroborated alleged sexual assault 36 years ago. 

“Between 1993 and 2018 the FBI interviewed nearly 150 persons in six separate background checks of Judge Kavanaugh. I have reviewed the results of these background checks.  It appears that in every interview the FBI asked whether the interviewee was aware of alcohol or prescription drug abuse by Judge Kavanaugh.  Not one person interviewed said they knew of such a problem or of inappropriate sexual behavior.

“I also reviewed the seventh background check involving Judge Kavanaugh, which was conducted earlier this week. It confirmed that the only person who remembers the incident Dr. Ford alleges is Dr. Ford, including the four others she said were present, each of whom stated under penalty of felony that it didn’t happen or that they don’t remember any such incident. 

“Senate Democrats have treated Judge Kavanaugh as innocent until nominated. They have victimized him and Dr. Ford and their families. They have diminished the United States Senate and its confirmation process by their embarrassing irresponsibility.” 

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine voted against sending Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kaine issued this statement following Saturday’s vote:

“I am deeply disappointed that the Senate has rushed to confirm Judge Kavanaugh without a complete investigation into the serious allegations against him. A five day investigation that featured interviews with a handful of people, while ignoring dozens of witnesses who were willing to cooperate, and a secret report whose contents could not even be discussed with the public convinces many that the entire goal was to ignore the serious charges.

“Over 150 sexual assault survivors have reached out to me to say they are dismayed by the Senate’s actions, they struggle to see empathy in the eyes of their leaders, and they now fear no one would take them seriously if they came forward with their own stories. I want them and all survivors to know this: You don’t need to suffer in silence. You deserve to be taken seriously. You deserve to be listened to.”

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.

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