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Fischer says she’ll vote for Kavanaugh

October 3, 2018

As senators awaited the latest FBI background report on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Deb Fischer said she intends to vote for confirmation of Kavanaugh’s nomination to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court when the issue comes before the Senate.

“I’ve made my position very clear,” Fischer said during a Tuesday interview by Coby Mach on his “Drive Time” radio show on KLIN.

“I’m a yes vote for Judge Kavanaugh,” Fischer said.

Later, the senator tweeted that the ACLU should “save some money by dropping their ad” urging Fischer to oppose the nomination.

ACLU is mounting a $243,000 TV ad buy in the Lincoln and Omaha markets.

“We are trying to get people to see outside the partisan lens,” ACLU national political director Faiz Shakir said. The ad points to earlier denials of sexual assault by former Democratic President Bill Clinton and entertainer Bill Cosby.

“I would challenge Senator Fischer to say directly that ‘I believe 100 percent of what Judge Kavanaugh has said,’” Shakir said.

“All of us have some degree of doubt about his integrity at this juncture,” he said. “We should have no doubt about the integrity of the individual who sits on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Fischer said the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault by Kavanaugh during his high school days was “kind of a dark day for the Senate.”

“What bothers me is how this has been handled in the Senate,” she said, suggesting that neither Ford nor Kavanaugh has been treated with respect during the process.

Senators need to treat witnesses, as well as one another, with respect, Fischer said.

While Fischer described Ford as “a sincere woman who gave very sincere testimony,” she said Ford was treated with “a lack of respect” by those who leaked her name to the news media after she had requested that her identification be kept private.

“Her wishes were disrespected,” Fischer said.

There has been no corroboration of her testimony, the senator said, and “I assume we’ll hear the same thing” when the FBI report is submitted to members of the Senate.

Sen. Ben Sasse remained silent on the issue Wednesday.

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