Jeff Flake, Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe timeline

Oscar Cross
September 30, 2018

He'd do so, Flake said, if the vote was delayed a week so the FBI could investigate "credible allegations" against the nominee.

President Trump instructed the FBI to conduct an investigation within one week on Friday, after Republican Sen.

Flake's stunning 11th-hour move played out on national television amid heated partisan debate and raucous protests in the halls of the Capitol, where one woman cornered the Arizona senator in an elevator demanding he oppose Kavanaugh, citing her own experience with sexual assault.

Other senators backed Senator Flake's request, including Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, as well as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has been viewed as a possible vote in favour of Kavanaugh. When Flake endorsed Kavanaugh's confirmation this morning, it looked like a game-over moment: the stage was set for a final confirmation vote as early as tomorrow, and the prospect of a re-opened FBI investigation was effectively dead.

President Donald Trump says he'll leave it to the Senate to determine when it will vote on his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court".

The committee vote was 11-10 along party lines.

"I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to, but no more than, one week in order to let the FBI continue to do an investigation limited in time and scope".

But after she confronted a United States senator about President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and the video started going viral, she thought it was time to share her story.

Two sexual assault survivors confronted Senator Jeff Flake on live TV on Friday after he announced that he would be voting to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Experts say the work can be done in a matter of days in most circumstances. "The Senate must vote!"

"It'd be hard for me not to support her, but I really, really, really encourage her to vote against him, " Noyes said of Collins, who doesn't face re-election until 2020.

Should they give Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court after Ford's powerful testimony about sexual assault, Republicans risk enraging the women they need to preserve their House majority.

"Certainly, she was a very credible witness".

"We ought to do what we can to make sure that we do all due diligence with a nomination this important", Flake said. At the same time, she has strongly embraced Trump and his combative ethos, which Kavanaugh exemplified during his Thursday testimony.

But he was also determined to demonstrate "that the process is fair , even if Democrats are "not going to vote for" Kavanaugh, he added, Politico reported". Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen. "I believe Judge Kavanaugh is risky for women".

In what can perhaps best be described as a supreme spectacle, Thursday's hearing between Dr. Christine Blasely Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh broke precedent, turned stomachs, and dominated Twitter feeds. "Mitchell spelled it out and was clear with senators that she could not take this anywhere near a courtroom", Fox News cited a source. "Shawn Moody is not running to be part of Washington, D.C. ME has two duly elected United States senators, and it is their decision to make". "I was - I'm so encouraged when he said to me. this whole thing is tearing our country apart and we have to do something".

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