Senator Joe Manchin is voting to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
The Democratic senator made the announcement hours after voting to end debate on the nomination.
In a statement, Manchin said that after hearing from the judge and viewing the report from the recent FBI investigation into alleged sexual assault, he feels Kavanaugh is qualified for the job.
The vote is expected to take place on Saturday. You can read Manchin’s full statement below.
STATEMENT FROM SENATOR JOE MANCHIN
“From the start of this process, I promised my constituents that I would look seriously at Judge Kavanaugh’s record and cast my vote based on the facts I have before me and what is best for West Virginia. I met with the nominee for over two hours, attended his hearings, spoke with constitutional experts, and heard from thousands of West Virginians.
“I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing. And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life. However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed FBI report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him. I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court.
“With respect to any cases that may come before him impacting the 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions, Judge Kavanaugh assured me personally that he would consider the human impacts and approach any decision with surgical precision to avoid unintended consequences. That is why I voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to serve on the Supreme Court because I believe he will rule in a manner that is consistent with our Constitution.”