JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "quickly and convincingly" refuted accusations that he sexually assaulted women when he was young.
Speaking Wednesday on the Senate floor in Washington, Hyde-Smith said her "heart breaks for victims of assault and abuse" and those issues must not be taken lightly. She also said "unproven accusations are so very unjust."
She called accusations against Kavanaugh "disturbing" and said he "refuted them without mincing any words."
Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi also supports Kavanaugh and sat behind Hyde-Smith. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant appointed her to serve temporarily when Sen. Thad Cochran retired in April.
Wicker and Hyde-Smith both face challengers in the November election. She's running to serve the final two years of a term Cochran started.