Sen. Doug Jones faces increased pressure to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he says the hearings should have been delayed.
Jones has previously been pressured by Democratic voters to vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, with one woman at a town hall telling him at a town hall last month he could “kiss my ass” if he voted for Kavanaugh’s confirmation, AL.Com reported.
Conversely, the Judicial Crisis Network announced in July that it had spent more than $500,000 on ads in Alabama to support Kavanaugh's confirmation.
But the Alabama Democrat said in a statement Tuesday that the hearings should be delayed because of the late release of documents related to Kavanaugh, WHNT reported.
The release of documents related to Kavanaugh’s tenure in George W. Bush’s administration was a sticking point for many Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee during Tuesday's hearing.
“This hearing should have been delayed in order to gather and review all of the facts — rather than hide them — and approach this process with the thoroughness and transparency that it demands,” Jones said. “This is a lifetime appointment to the highest court in our land; it is not a decision that should be rushed. The process as it is playing out right now is not fair to the nominee, the Court, the Senate, or the American people.”
Jones has not said how he’ll vote on confirmation and said last month he planned to meet with Kavanaugh after the nominee’s confirmation hearing.
Jones won his seat in a special election last year in the conservative state and he has also previously criticized outside money trying to influence his vote.
WHNT analyst Jess Brown said Jones has more of an incentive to vote to confirm Kavanaugh and wouldn’t face much backlash in his race in 2020 if he votes in favor of the nominee.
“Are they going to flush him because of a seat on the Supreme Court? No. That’d be foolish.” Brown said.