Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, says the Senate has been damaged by the partisan process confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Ernst made her comments on “The Takeout” podcast with CBS News’ Major Garrett on Thursday.
She voted to confirm Kavanaugh. But when she was asked if the process damaged the Senate, she said: “Yes.”
Ernst said she believed Christine Blasey Ford did suffer “some sort of trauma in her lifetime.” However, Ernst did not believe “Brett Kavanaugh perpetrated the intimate crime against her.”
The senator accused Democrats of politicizing Ford’s allegations. "They threw her to the wolves," she said.
"This is my statement to anyone that is a survivor of sexual abuse, is that if you are comfortable coming forward right away, you need to do it right away," she said. "You certainly don't want to wrongly convict someone who is innocent, but you also want to make sure that accuser is heard and has the opportunity to step forward.”
Meanwhile, a CNN poll showed that 51 percent of Americans opposed the Kavanaugh confirmation and 41 percent were in favor.
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