Murkowski explains opposition to Kavanaugh

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) took time Saturday to explain her opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

In an interview with the Gray Television Washington News Bureau after the final vote, Murkowski said she had done her due diligence to review Kavanaugh's nomination since President Donald Trump nominated him to the Court back in July.

Following the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, Murkowski said, "It was clear, in my view, that there was need for further questions to be answered, and I felt it was important that the FBI be allowed to reopen the background investigation."

Regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee's process, Murkowski said, "You had a situation where the [Democratic and Republican] committee staff was not participating with one another. It was pretty difficult in terms of the communication...That troubled me, because I wanted to make sure that all the questions that needed to be asked were going to be asked."

Murkowski voted "present" instead of "no" Saturday. Click the video boxes above to hear why and much more about her decision.