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Sen. Gardner releases statement indicating he will support Kavanaugh

Posted at 10:26 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 01:18:14-04

WASHINGTON – In a statement to a Politico reporter Thursday night, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner’s office indicated he will vote to confirm Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Earlier Thursday night, Kavanaugh’s office told the Denver Post he was undecided until he had a chance to read the FBI’s follow up report.

Sen. Gardner had expressed support for Kavanaugh throughout the confirmation process, and on Thursday night, he said he will remain supportive after reading the FBI’s report.

Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Senator, Michael Bennet, announced he would oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation in mid-September. That was prior to Christine Blasey-Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied that accusation and all allegations against him.

Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence holding a tiebreaking vote if he receives 50 votes. Two Republican senators would have to vote no and Democrats would have to vote along party lines to reject his confirmation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that a final vote could happen as soon as Saturday.