WATCH: Senate Judiciary Votes on Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court

Sep 28, 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote at 1:30 p.m. on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. A full Senate vote on the nomination is expected as early next week. 

After listening to Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh testify Thursday, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), one of a handful of Republicans expected to decide the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, issued a statement ahead of a Judiciary Committee meeting saying he "left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty."

"What I do know is that our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. That is what binds us to the rule of law," said Flake. "While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate's advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the Constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well."

His "yes" vote means Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed by the Judiciary Committee on Friday. The panel is expected to hold its vote at 1:30 p.m.

Read more: Democrats Protest As Republicans Likely Lock Up Kavanaugh Committee Approval

The vote was initially scheduled for earlier, and after Democrats failed to force Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to call additional witnesses to testify, some Democratic members on the committee walked out of the hearing.

 

"This is a sham what's going on in there right now. Democrats are not being heard. They are pushing through this process," said Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., one of the members who walked out.

Watch the proceeding live below: