Jeff Flake Says He Was Troubled by Kavanaugh’s ‘Partisan’ Tone: ‘We Can’t Have This on the Court’

Senator Jeff Flake expressed some concern today over the tone of Brett Kavanaugh‘s remarks during last Thursday’s big Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Last Friday Flake called for a one-week delay on the final Kavanaugh vote to allow for a supplemental FBI investigation first. He said at the Atlantic Festival today he was dismayed by the “food fight” going on and said, “The Supreme Court is still… the last institution that most Americans have faith in.”

“If that faith is gone,” he added, “then heaven help us.”

Part of his concern, Flake disclosed, was in regards to some of Kavanaugh’s remarks during the hearing:

“I was very troubled by the tone of the remarks. The initial defense that Judge Kavanaugh gave was something like––I told my wife I hope that I would sound that indignant if I felt that I was unjustly maligned. But then it went on, and the interaction with the members was sharp and partisan, and that concerns me. And I tell myself, you give a little leeway because of what he’s been through. But on the other hand, we can’t have this on the court. We simply can’t.”

You can watch above, via C-SPAN.

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