Republican Sen. Dean Heller, an early supporter of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, was not moved to change his stance by Thursday's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Heller, who is in a difficult race against Democratic challenger Rep. Jacky Rosen, Friday stated that he still supported Kavanaugh.
"It is my hope that after this additional week, other senators will come to the conclusion that I have reached and support Judge Kavanaugh's nomination," Heller said, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.
Why does he still support Kavanaugh?
Heller said he found Christine Blasey Ford's testimony "genuine" and commended her for "bravely sharing her painful story," but said the evidence to change his mind just wasn't there.
"However, no corroborating evidence to support the allegations surfaced during yesterday's hearing," Heller said in a statement. "While I am extremely disappointed by the way that Democrats approached the allegations and by the resulting media circus that ensued, I am supportive of the administration's decision to request a supplemental FBI background investigation that must be completed one week from today."
What does Rosen think?
Believe women.— Jacky Rosen (@Jacky Rosen) 1538093336.0
Rosen, who was always against Kavanaugh's nomination like most Democrats, criticized Republicans for attempting to confirm Kavanaugh without an FBI investigation.
"After Dr. Ford's powerful testimony, it's unconscionable that a Senator could not have a single reservation about confirming Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court without re-opening the FBI investigation," Rosen tweeted Thursday. "Credible assault allegations should not be dismissed as 'a little hiccup.'"
After Dr. Ford’s powerful testimony, it’s unconscionable that a Senator could not have a single reservation about c… https://t.co/LZSDsnRAJZ— Jacky Rosen (@Jacky Rosen) 1538097409.0
Rosen was referring to Heller's comment that called the allegation a hiccup, which Heller later clarified.
The Democratic representative also attacked Heller for already having his mind made up about Kavanaugh before the hearing.
"Senator Heller watched Dr. Ford's testimony, but he had already made up his mind," Rosen wrote. "He doesn't even care what the FBI might find in its supplemental investigation."
Senator Heller watched Dr. Ford's testimony, but he had already made up his mind. He doesn't even care what the FBI… https://t.co/ePL2v4DhqU— Jacky Rosen (@Jacky Rosen) 1538175730.0
Worth noting, at least one Democrat had apparently made up her mind before hearing from both Ford and Kavanaugh. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told Ford during Thursday's hearing that she believed her testimony, before Kavanaugh had even testified.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Friday to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, which will have a final vote on it after the week-long FBI background investigation into Kavanaugh is complete.