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Too Many Republicans ‘Are Cowering in the Corner’ on Kavanaugh Nomination

Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski and Bob Corker all have joined with Dems in expressing hesitation — given an accuser's allegations

Laura Ingraham, the Fox News host of “The Ingraham Angle” on weeknights and the host of her longtime morning radio program, went after Republicans on Tuesday morning who want to delay the vote on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh given the sexual assault allegations that have been thrown at him.

The allegations date back some 36 years by a California psychologist who knew Kavanaugh in high school.

“Once again, it’s Republicans who are cowering in the corner,” said Ingraham during her morning radio show, “The Laura Ingraham Show,” on Tuesday.

Regarding what has been happening to Kavanaugh over the past few days, she declared, “When I see an injustice like this, it hits me in the core.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee will soon vote on whether to advance his nomination to the full Senate for consideration. Republican Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) have all joined with Democrats in expressing concern about the nominee in light of the allegations.

Christine Blasey Ford is accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her back when they were both in high school.

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Flake told Fox News he feels uncomfortable moving forward with a favorable vote until the senators have had a chance to hear the accuser.

Flake is currently the only Republican on the Judiciary Committee calling for a delay — while every Democratic member is.

Related: Democrats Renew Calls to Delay Kavanaugh Vote Amid Sexual Assault Scandal

Corker told Politico he supports delaying the confirmation vote.

Murkowski told CNN that the committee might have to delay the vote. She and Corker are not on the committee — but they will have the chance to vote on the nomination if it advances to the full Senate.

Democrats have long called for delaying the process; the sexual assault allegations are only the latest reason.

Kavanaugh was hit with the allegations only days before the committee vote was scheduled. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the committee, and some others received a letter from the alleged victim earlier in the summer, which was leaked without a name last week.

“I will not vote for the Republicans [this fall, or ever] if they don’t go strongly against this,” said one caller to Laura Ingraham’s radio show on Tuesday morning.

Feinstein said it was decided to hold the letter from Ford after speaking with the woman months ago.

Ford revealed herself to be the author of the letter on Sunday after it leaked. Kavanaugh was quick to deny the allegations vigorously when they first started coming to light last week.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) responded to the controversy that the accuser deserves to be heard but questioned the timing and way in which the information was revealed. He scheduled another confirmation hearing for Monday. The committee had already held a four-day hearing to consider his nomination.

Multiple sources have told Fox News that Thursday’s originally planned committee confirmation vote has been postponed.

Kavanaugh was a high school student at Georgetown Preparatory School when the alleged incident occurred. The letter reportedly described how he was drunk and held her down at a party in Maryland.

The sexual assault allegations are the latest in a series of reasons Democrats have argued that the process should be halted.

Related: Kavanaugh Denies Dems’ 11th-Hour Sexual Assault Allegations

Senate Democrats have cited past delays, unfulfilled record requests, and legal issues related to President Donald Trump as reasons for delaying the Kavanaugh vote.

Democrats could potentially improve their chances of stopping him if they’re able to delay a final vote until after the midterm elections.

“[Brett Kavanaugh] has had an exemplary record … [he’s delivered some] 200 written opinions. What does this do to the judiciary? Who will stand up for the co-equal branch of government?” said Ingraham on her radio show Tuesday morning.

(photo credit, article image: Jeff FlakeCC BY-SA 2.0, by Gage Skidmore)

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