Both U.S. Senate Republicans from Kansas confirmed Thursday night they would remain committed to voting for confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the nation’s highest court.
Sen. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, who had previously expressed support for President Donald Trump’s nominee, said their position was unshaken by Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony alleging Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school.
Kavanaugh, a federal judge, proclaimed his innocence during testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Moran offered an explanation for his position, while Roberts chose not to issue a statement.
“As I stated after meeting with Judge Kavanaugh in August,” Moran said after the day’s testimony in Washington, D.C., “he is a well-qualified nominee with a deep respect for the Constitution and I still believe that to be true.
“His intellect and extensive experience in the legal field wills serve the Supreme Court well. I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh as Justice Kavanaugh,” Moran said.
A spokeswoman for Roberts said the senior senator from Kansas would “still vote to confirm Kavanaugh,” but that he wouldn’t issue comments.
In July, following Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh, Roberts said he took seriously his responsibility of Senate advice and consent on nominees and looked and “forward to the Senate Judiciary’s thorough vetting of his record.”
Roberts said two weeks later that he was impressed with Kavanaugh’s “great legal mind” and service on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.
“He is not only qualified to be a Supreme Court justice,” Roberts said at that time, “but he will be impartial and fair while serving on the court.”
Roberts urged Republicans and Democrats in the Senate to vote on merits of the nominee and not obstruct the nomination process due to dislike for Trump.
In testimony Thursday, Ford offered explicit details about the night she said Kavanaugh pinned her to an upstairs bed during a small house party, attempted to remove her clothing and held a hand over her mount as she screamed for help.
“It was hard for me to breathe and I believed that Brett was going to accidentally kill me,” she said.
Kavanaugh told the committee the Senate confirmation process had evolved into a “national disgrace.” He also said the Senate’s obligation to offer advice and consent on nominees had been replaced with search and destroy.
In addition, he said allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him had “totally and permanently destroyed” his name.