/ Modified sep 26, 2018 4:13 p.m.

Flake Strikes Cautious Tone on Kavanaugh Hearing

The U.S. senator from Arizona criticized those he says are rushing to judgment regarding accusers and accused.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake took to the floor of the Senate one day before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on accusations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted as many as three women.

In his speech, Flake apologized to the women who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. He said the way they have been treated is inexcusable.

Kavanaugh Hearing VIEW LARGER Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on the first day of his confirmation hearings.
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He also chastised his colleagues, who he said made up their minds before hearing testimony.

"What I do know is that I don't believe that Dr. Ford is part of some vast conspiracy from start to finish to smear Judge Kavanaugh as has been alleged by some on the right. And I do know that I do not believe that Judge Kavanaugh is some kind of serial sexual predator as some have alleged on the left," said Flake.

He also said that the fact that the claims of sexual assault were not made for decades does not make the claims any less valid.

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