MO Senators’ Reaction and What’s Next in Judge Kavanaugh’s Confirmation


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A little bit of a delay on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote. On Friday, the committee essentially gave the Senate permission to vote, but ot before an FBI investigation is completed, and that has to be done  within a week. 

“A little bit more time to make sure we know as much as much as we can  is probably the most responsible way to proceed even though many who support the President and the judge won’t like it,” said KOLR 10’s political analyst Dr. Brian Calfano says a week is reasonable time.  

“There is no crime scene to go back to, it is essentially an in depth interview and exercise to get as much information from people who were in a position to at least have something to recall from that day,” Calfano said. 

He says a key witness will be mark judge, one of Brett Kavanaugh’s friends from that time. 

“Judge has to at this point only submitted his sworn affidavit statement saying that Kavanaugh is not the person who sexually assaulted Dr. Ford,” Dr. Calfano said.  

As for Missouri senators, Democrat Claire McCaskill released a statement after the hearing Thursday saying Dr. Ford’s “allegations are concerning” and that they “should be investigated by the FBI  before the Senate moves on this nomination.” 

However, she had said her decision to vote against confirming Kavanaugh is due to dark money. 

“McCaskill has already go on record, quite wisely, in her position against Kavanaugh from anything potentially found or alleged in this situation regarding Dr. Ford,” said Dr. Calfano. 

Earlier this month, Republican Senator Roy Blunt expressed his support for Judge Kavanaugh because the Judge “demonstrated record of interpreting the law as it is written.” But the Senator has been silent since Dr. Ford’s allegations.  

“Probably because he is in the middle of strategizing with other Republican leaders about how they can advance Kavanaugh’s nomination in the final vote after this FBI investigation,” Calfano said.  

Dr. Calfano says the thinks it’s still likely that Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice, It’s just going to take a  little bit more time.

KOLR10 reached out to Senator Blunt’s office Friday for an updated comment on Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing and Senator Flake’s decision and did not receive a statement in time for this story. 

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