Doug Jones confirms: ‘Voting no’ on Kavanaugh
Thursday in a late-night tweet, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) confirmed that he “will be voting no” on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Jones’ announcement came just hours after an emotional hearing that featured testimony from Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the nominee of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school around 35 years ago.
In two simultaneous tweets, one from his personal account and one from his official office account, Jones confirmed what Yellowhammer News reported the previous day, before the hearing — Alabama’s junior senator is a “no” vote.
“The Kavanaugh nomination process has been flawed from the beginning and incomplete at the end. Dr. Ford was credible and courageous and I am concerned about the message our vote will be sending to our sons and daughters, as well as victims of sexual assault. I will be voting no,” Jones wrote on his official account.
He added more on his personal account.
I have called for:
—Complete disclosure of all documents
—Subpoena Mark Judge
—Postpone the vote
Dr. Ford was credible & courageous.
What message will we send to our daughters & sons, let alone sexual assault victims?
The message I will send is this—I vote no. #RightSideofHistory
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) September 28, 2018
Throughout the process, Jones has been on the front lines of the Democratic efforts to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. He has publicly followed the lead of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in calling for “a pause button” to be pushed on the confirmation and demanded that Kavanaugh’s confirmation process be put off due to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and not having enough documents on the nominee, despite the fact that Senators have received hundreds of thousands of documents more than for any previous nominee.
Despite Jones’ promise to meet with Kavanaugh after his confirmation hearing but before the vote, Jones never met with the nominee before reaching a decision.
“So he picks Chuck Schumer over Alabama,” Alabama Republican Party chair Terry Lathan tweeted. “#GotIt. #OneAndDone.”
-One million docs✔️
-Dems held,leaked Ford info✔️
-MJudge signed an affidavit under oath, perjury penalties✔️
-6 FBI background checks✔️
-Postponing change your vote? No✔️
-Victims need support, accused need proof✔️
-Schumer over Alabama✔️
-2020✔️ #alpolitics https://t.co/slGn31erTz
— Terry Lathan (@ChairmanLathan) September 28, 2018
Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn