Christopher Coons: If I were to guess, Kavanaugh will be 'narrowly confirmed'

Delaware Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Biden faces scrutiny for his age from other Democrats Democrats press FBI for details on Kavanaugh investigation MORE (D) says he expects Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to be "narrowly confirmed" following the FBI's supplemental background investigation being shared with the Senate on Thursday.

The Judiciary Committee member told "Fox & Friends" that while he still remains personally opposed to Kavanaugh's nomination to the court, he expects Republicans to have the necessary votes for the judge's confirmation.


"I think this will be a very close vote. It hangs by a few undecided Democrats and Republicans. I haven't read this report yet, [but] if I were to just guess today, he would be narrowly confirmed," Coons told the Fox News hosts.

But Coons also said he remains convinced that Kavanaugh's views on presidential power, such as questions over whether a president can be under criminal investigation, were "beyond the mainstream" of acceptable judicial views.

"In my view, the jurisprudence of Judge Kavanaugh is well outside the mainstream," Coons said.

"I think his views on presidential power and individual liberty are beyond the mainstream of American jurisprudence. I don't think that's the case with [Justices] Kagan and Sotomayor, but my friend Sen. [Lindsey] Graham [(R-S.C)] has made that point to me personally that in his view the confirmation process has gotten away from looking at credentials and credibility, and into ideology," Coons added.

Coons's comments came amid the FBI's submission of its supplemental investigation into Kavanaugh's background to the White House and Senate on Thursday, with senators trading off one copy of the report in a classified materials room every hour.

Democrats including Coons have raised concerns about the investigation, which some say was restricted by the White House in a way that tarnishes the report's credibility.

Coons is friends with Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeArpaio considering running for former sheriff job after Trump pardon Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument Carbon tax shows new signs of life in Congress MORE (Ariz.), the Republican who called for a supplemental background investigation into allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAre Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report MORE (R-Ky.) is planning to schedule a floor vote on Kavanaugh's nomination within days.