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Local Republicans support Brett Kavanaugh

Posted: 12:29 PM, Oct 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-01 17:34:00Z

The confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been a contentious political process throughout, but Nebraska and Iowa Republicans have kept their support of Judge Kavanaugh despite an FBI probe into allegations of sexual misconduct. 

"We've got a crisis of public trust in this country. Frankly, the Senate this last week has made it worse, not better," Senator Ben Sasse said. "I'm glad we have a timeline for this supplemental background investigation, the seventh background investigation by the Bureau of Judge Kavanaugh, but it has a deadline." 

Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was one of the 11 Republicans who supported a vote by the full Senate. 

In a statement through a spokesperson Friday, fellow Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer told our partners at the Omaha World-Herald that she is reviewing information but did not indicate Kavanaugh had lost her support. 

As for Iowa, Sen. Joni Ernst said on a conference call Friday there is a lot of information to sort through, but expressed concern over parts of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's accusations that have not been corroborated. In a Fox News interview that same day, she expressed support for Kavanaugh, telling him to "stay strong." 

Iowa's other Senator, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, has been steadfast in his support of Kavanaugh throughout the process.