Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that the Supreme Court’s “reputation and credibility” were on the line as the Senate gears up to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, noting there were other options conservatives could get behind instead of Kavanaugh.
“Reputation and credibility of Supreme Court at stake with upcoming vote,” Holder tweeted Friday. “How the Court is viewed. For years. Bigger than one individual. There are conservative acceptable alternatives.”
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Reputation and credibility of Supreme Court at stake with upcoming vote. How the Court is viewed. For years. Bigger than one individual. There are conservative acceptable alternatives.— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) October 5, 2018
Kavanaugh has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, including Christine Blasey Ford, who claims Kavanaugh forced himself upon her in the 1980s at a high school party, and Deborah Ramirez, who claims that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party when they were freshmen at Yale University. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations.
The FBI conducted a supplementary background check into the allegations, but Democrats have been critical of the probe and have argued that not enough witnesses were interviewed. White House spokesman Raj Shah said during an interview with CNN on Thursday morning that the FBI had interviewed nine sources.
The Senate voted 51-49 on Friday morning to stop the debate on Kavanaugh, paving the way for a final vote. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted against moving Kavanaugh’s nomination forward. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voted in favor of doing so.
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., also voted to move forward with a final vote, but Collins has not made a decision on Kavanaugh for the final vote. She is expected to announce her decision on Friday afternoon.