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Murkowski Suggests She's A 'No' On Kavanaugh

Flake says he'll vote yes unless 'something big changes'

October 05, 2018 - 12:53 pm

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh 

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is strongly suggesting she will vote no on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

The Alaskan told reporters Friday it's time to think "about the credibility and integrity of our institutions."

Murkowski was the lone Republican to vote against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday. She's one of two Senate Republicans — along with Susan Collins of Maine — who support abortion rights.

Kavanaugh could tip the court's balance toward conservatives for a generation.

Murkowski's spokeswoman could not immediately confirm she will oppose Kavanaugh on the final vote but indicated it appeared that way.

Murkowski is fiercely independent senator known for bucking her party. She acknowledged she's made "some interesting" votes in her political career.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake said he will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "unless something big changes."

But Flake added that he doesn't expect anything to change. He was one of a handful of senators who hadn't said how he would vote on Kavanaugh.

He said it was a hard decision and "a difficult decision for everybody."

Flake predicted that Kavanaugh will be confirmed when the Senate votes on Saturday.

Last week Flake forced his fellow Republicans to order an expanded FBI investigation on sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. Flake and other senators read that confidential FBI report Thursday. Republicans said it showed that the allegations weren't corroborated.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

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