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Flake forces the GOP leadership to pause, press Kavanaugh
Senate judiciary Committee advances Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination in the party-line vote, such as Sen. Jeff Flake seeks delay; and chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Friday its controversial decision to demand defended a delay in the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, he said, he wanted to protect the credibility of America’s institutions.
“Two institutions, really,” he told The Atlantic. “A, the Supreme Court is the only institution where the majority of Americans still believe some. And then the U.S. Senate as an institution—we are coming apart at the seams. There is no currency, no market for the reach across the aisle. It just makes it so difficult.”
Flake dramatically made to delay the call for a week, so that FBI could investigation be conducted into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, to the last moments of a session of the Senate Judiciary Committee, earlier Friday.
While Flake voted for Kavanaugh to recommend the nomination, he also made the claim after a limited investigation, take a proposed schedule, the have seen, would be confirmed Kavanaugh Tuesday in an uproar.
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Democrats had had repeatedly rejected for an FBI probe, but the Republicans as unnecessary and said Democrats are just looking for ways to delay the confirmation until after the midterm elections.
Kavanaugh testified Thursday about the allegations against him, shortly after Christine Blasey Ford testified about an alleged attack by Kavanaugh in 1982, when they were both at the high school. Kavanaugh has strongly denied all allegations against him.
Republicans agreed to the Flake demand, what the vote brings to confirm Kavanaugh of at least a week.
“I have ordered the FBI said the implementation of a supplementary investigation to update judge Kavanaugh, the file” Trump said in a statement. “As the Senate has prompted this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than a week.”
The move provoked a backlash from conservatives, angry over the delay. But the Republicans have slim majorities in both the Committee and the Senate and can’t afford customer defection in the face of near-unanimous Democratic opposition.
Flake The Atlantic, he moved said, a passionate plea from Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Call for a delay. He also said that in a moment, in which he was confronted, taken by the women, who said that she had been sexually harassed “is certainly a nerve.”
He acknowledged that the conservatives are right to be concerned that the time will be used to try by the Democrats and left-wing activists to derail the confirmation.
“I’m sure that will happen. There are already people who say, ‘Oh, a week is enough.” We have tried to limit the duration of time for the investigation and the scope of the current allegations. But no doubt, some will try to use it, and it’s time for more allegations to come forward,” he said.
However, he also said that the delay could possibly help, both Republicans, and Kavanaugh.
“Obviously. I have the feeling that this delay is as much to help him as they are to us. My hope is that some Democrats say “Hey, we can’t change our vote, but this process was worthy of the institution, and we feel satisfied.” This means that something,” he said. “The country needs to hear.”
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.