After Reading FBI Report, Key Republican Senator Meets With Sexual Assault Victims In Closed-Door Meeting
On Thursday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who is one of the key Republican swing voters in confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, met with a group of women that included sexual assault survivors behind closed doors just hours after reading the FBI report on Kavanaugh.
According to reports, many of the women left in tears following the meeting with Murkowski.
“Lisa Murkowski has been meeting with dozens of Alaskan women privately in her office today, including several sexual assault survivors,” MSNBC’s Capitol Hill correspondent Garrett Haake tweeted Thursday evening. “The last group of 18 just left, describing a very emotional, hour [-plus] meeting.”
“The women tell me Murkowski was VERY engaged with their stories and heard them out as they urged her to vote against Kavanaugh,” the reporter added.
The women tell me Murkowski was VERY engaged with their stories and heard them out as they urged her to vote against Kavanaugh.
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) October 4, 2018
Haake also appeared on MSNBC later Thursday night to expand on details about the meeting.
“As I was getting ready to leave the Hill a little bit earlier tonight, I stumbled across a few dozen Alaskan women meeting with Sen. Murkowski,” he said. “As they were coming out of her office they told me, in two separate groups, that they filled up her conference room and had this incredibly emotional meeting with the senator.”
Haake said that some of the women were sexual assault survivors and they were all Alaskans who “traveled here to talk to the senator about her vote and pressed their case, saying she should not go forward on this vote.”
“They described this incredibly emotional meeting and they made very clear to tell me they felt like the senator was really listening to them,” he added.
“The most important note about this meeting I stumbled upon was the fact I stumbled upon it,” Haake said. “This was not something Murkowski or her staff were broadcasting, wasn’t something they were trying to check a box saying ‘we’re meeting with constituents.’ They were trying to do this quietly.”
Take a look at the clip below: