How Sen. Flake brought the Senate back from the brink

How Sen. Flake brought the Senate back from the brink

How Sen. Flake brought the Senate back from the brink

In an interview published Saturday in The Atlantic, Flake said his refusal to issue a vote on Kavanaugh without a week-long "pause" for an FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh was a last-ditch effort to overcome partisan battles that have plagued the confirmation process. Chris Coons after Flake announced he is in favor of additional time in the Kavanaugh investigation on September 28, 2018 in Washington.

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez of Colorado, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken party when they were freshmen at Yale.

The Republican senator from Utah wrote that Christine Blasey Ford - the woman who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party they attended in high school - as well as others who attended the gathering have agreed to cooperate with the investigation. Judge said in the letter he doesn't know Swetnick and denied her allegations.

President Donald Trump ordered the additional FBI investigation Friday at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh's nomination had appeared back on track earlier Friday when he cleared a key hurdle at the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Well, I think only he can - if he is confirmed, he's the only one who will be able to tell if he brings - if he takes on to the court a bitterness, an anger towards any groups on the left, any parties on the left that would come before him.

I watched the hearings Thursday and listened to both Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh.

"We have not heard anything from the FBI, and with each passing hour, I'm growing increasingly concerned that this is a sham of an investigation".

With a 51-49 majority, Senate Republicans have little margin for error on a final vote, especially given the fact that several Democrats facing tough re-election prospects this fall announced their opposition to Kavanaugh on Friday.


"The supplemental FBI background investigation would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee and must be completed no later than one week from today", the committee said in a statement.

"Hi, global citizen. I'm Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware", Coons said. As a result, a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation has been delayed for up to a week.

"I always carried the fear that my parents would feel that they had failed in taking care of me if I told them", Archila said in a phone interview with The Washington Post. But it wasn't until Flake said "yes" to Kavanaugh but "no" to the rush to judgment did the Senate leadership relent.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Thursday. Jeff Flake, requested an investigation into Ford's allegations.

As for Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, the women who confronted him in the elevator, Flake said their intervention was "poignant", but that he believed "some of their concern was how Kavanaugh would rule on the court".

UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER: Don't look away from me. Later that day, President Trump ordered the investigation and that it be limited in scope and completed by next Friday.

"The inquiry will involve the Federal Bureau of Investigation reopening its previously completed background check on Judge Kavanaugh".

An attorney for Keyser, a friend of Ford's, emphasized that Keyser has no recollection of the party where Ford alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her. "I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate". Flake indicated he would take the next steps - leading to full Senate approval - only after the further background probe, and there were suggestions that other moderate Republicans might join his revolt.

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