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

Delaware Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO Sunday shows preview: Washington heads into multi-day shutdown 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 FlakeSchumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat The Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least 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 McConnellDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Former House Republican: Trump will lose the presidency if he backs away from border security Pence quotes MLK in pitch for Trump's immigration proposal MORE (R-Ky.) is planning to schedule a floor vote on Kavanaugh's nomination within days.