Flake Explains Why He Sought A Delay In The Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote

Flake Explains Why He Sought A Delay In The Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote

Flake Explains Why He Sought A Delay In The Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote

President Donald Trump has ordered the FBI to reopen Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.

"Anyone who recognizes the humanity of the unborn should support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh", the editors entitled their July 9 editorial, before Ford's accusation was made public. The White House said he even watched a feed on Air Force One as he flew back from NY at the start of the Senate action.

The president told reporters that Christine Blasey Ford "was a very credible witness" but also that Kavanaugh's own testimony on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee was "an incredible moment".

He said the Senate's confirmation process was a "circus" and "a national disgrace" and that it had replaced "advice and consent with search and destroy".

A good agent, he said, "would address Kavanaugh's behavior and demeanor and credibility during his high school years".

Senator Flake, in an unprecedented move, said he would be "uncomfortable" fully confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court without a full FBI investigation first.

At least one of the Republicans on the committee, Jeff Flake of Arizona, has expressed reservations about Kavanaugh, but is yet to signal how he might vote.

During Thursday's hearing, Democrats repeatedly peppered Kavanaugh with questions about whether he would support an FBI investigation.

Asked whether he believed McConnell should agree to delay the vote, Graham made it clear what's on the line for the Republicans, who now have a razor-thin 51-49 majority in the Senate: "The last time I looked, you need 50 votes".


Mr Flake, who had previously raised concerns about the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh, said on Friday Ms Ford gave "compelling testimony" but Mr Kavanaugh provided "a persuasive response".

Lee said after the hearing that it was "heart-wrenching" and both Kavanaugh and Ford have "suffered".

Collins has said she believes that Ford and Deborah Ramirez, Ford's second accuser, should be heard by the Senate before there's a vote.

She said she saw efforts by "Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be "gang raped" in a side room or bedroom by a "train" of numerous boys".

"Based on what we publicly know as far as the universe of people, I don't see any reason why the FBI could not complete an investigation within one week", said Mark Zaid, a Washington lawyer and expert in security clearance and background investigations.

If the bureau didn't find anything that disqualified him for his executive branch positions or his current seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, what difference, they ask, would a new inquiry make?

After a procedural vote that could come over the weekend, the full 100-member Senate is expected to take action next week. It's happened to me many times.

Kavanaugh ditched his prepared remarks and instead issued a blistering statement declaring the confirmation process "a national disgrace".

The decision by Corker, who is retiring at the end of his term in January, has occasionally fought with the President, leaves three key Republican senators to watch: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

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