An independent senator who caucuses with Democrats announced Wednesday he intends to vote no on confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, released a lengthy statement that laid out his case for voting against Kavanaugh, who spent last week on Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I consider the vote the Senate is about to take on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court to be among the most important my colleagues and I will ever face," King wrote. "Unlike most of our decisions, which can be amended, repealed, or otherwise corrected over time, this is a one-time vote on a lifetime appointment which will likely profoundly affect our country for the foreseeable future.
"There are no do-overs or second chances on this one; each of us, including the people of Maine, will have to live with the consequences of this vote for years to come."
King went on to say he spent a lot of time and energy reading about Kavanaugh, attending parts of his hearings, and listening to other people's views on the circuit court judge.
"After this intensive process, I have determined that I cannot support this nomination," wrote King, who then explained his decision in five sections.
King's reasons for voting no on Kavanaugh include the judge's statements about presidential power, documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's career that were not made available to senators, and the fact Kavanaugh would not answer every question asked of him last week.
"As I began, there is no second chance on this, and given the stakes as well as what we do know of his record, I have no choice but to vote no," King concluded.
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