U.S. Senate Republican nominee Martha McSally said she would vote in favor of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if she was currently serving in the U.S. Senate.
What did she say?
“At this point, based on what I know, unless there are some revelations in the FBI investigation, I would vote for Brett Kavanaugh,” McSally said during an interview with KTAR-FM on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Senate Republicans said the FBI’s investigation did not turn up any new or corroborating information. In contrast, Democrats called the report incomplete.
McSally is facing Rep. Krysten Sinema, (D-Ariz.), for the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). The highly competitive Arizona race is considered one of the most important in the Democrats' quest to flip the Senate in the November midterm elections.
McSally told the radio station her “heart breaks for Judge Kavanaugh and his family and what they’ve been through. There is a reality. There are people, to include many in the Democrats, that just want to destroy this guy, that want him to go down. They want to win the Senate back over. They want to stop a judge of his caliber of any like, no matter who it is.”
She also empathized with Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh's accuser.
“...My heart goes out to Dr. Ford. I mean, anyone who is sharing experiences in their lives that — she truly has been through trauma.” McSally said. “My heart breaks for her.”
McSally has also shared that she was sexually abused while she was in high school by a coach who was fired after she reported it.
What about fair processes?
Still, there must be fair processes in place any time accusations are raised, McSally said.
“We also need a fair process, right?" she told the radio station. "We also need fairness where individuals can’t just have one person without any corroboration impact such an important decision. And so the Judiciary Committee has been trying to work through that, which I think the Republicans on there, the leadership, did as good a job as they could.
“I’m very frustrated about the Democrats and how they really dealt with Dr. Ford. I think the fact that she appeared to not even know they offered to come out to California to meet with her, that it could have happened in private, I think is a travesty quite frankly. So we are where we are. There is no other corroboration to her story. We have the life and the experiences and the six FBI background checks, and a supplemental..."
On Thursday, some Republican swing senators said they were satisfied with the FBI’s investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. That led to speculation that they could back him, according to published reports.
Flake requested that the FBI re-open its investigation into Kavanaugh following testimony by Christine Blasey Ford before a Senate committee last week.
He reportedly said the FBI report showed no corroborating evidence against Kavanaugh, but added that he plans to read it more closely.