Murkowski speaks out on allegations against Kavanaugh

Published: Sep. 17, 2018 at 4:55 PM AKDT
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Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is calling for answers to new and unresolved questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after allegations of a a sexual assault by Kavanaugh in the 1980s emerged last week.

Murkowski told CNN on Monday that while she is careful not to prejudge anyone, she does take allegations of sexual assault seriously, and is calling for answers about allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford about Kavanaugh.

"I am someone who takes seriously allegations of sexual assault," Murkowski said. "I don't know If there's any 'there' there but it’s my job along with 99 other members to determine if there is."

Another key vote, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, says if Kavanaugh — who has emphatically denied the allegations — misleads the senate about the incident, that could be enough to scuttle his nomination.

"Obviously, if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened that would be disqualifying," Collins said.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dan Sullivan also told reporters Monday that the allegations against Kavanaugh deserve to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Alaska Republican Leaders say they have full faith Judge Brett Kavanaugh will become the next Supreme Court Justice to be confirmed.

According to the chair of the Alaska Republican Party, Tuckerman Babcock, a majority of Alaskan Republicans he's met within recent days want to see Kavanaugh confirmed.

Over the past few weeks, both sides have been running television commercials, holding town-hall style meetings, and demonstrating.

Even if Murkowski and the third “no” for repeal, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, vote against confirmation, the Senate could end up in a tie, which would mean Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote.