Flake defends call for Kavanaugh delay: 'We're coming apart at the seams'

Flake defends call for Kavanaugh delay: 'We're coming apart at the seams'

Democrats have repeatedly claimed they want a thorough FBI investigation of Kavanuagh, but Republicans have countered that the nominee went through six background checks and the FBI is not equipped to investigate the public allegations against Kavanaugh that include sexual assault and, more recently, participating in drug-fueled rape parties as a teen.

The White House issued a statement from President Trump saying he'd "ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file". Donnelly said Ford's sexual assault accusation against Kavanaugh was "disturbing and credible" and repeated a Democratic call for the FBI investigation. Jeff Flake of Arizona, said he could not promise to vote for Kavanaugh on the Senate floor and called for a delay of up to a week for a further investigation. The final vote to confirm Kavanaugh would come after the investigation.

She continued, "Mr. Kavanaugh has demonstrated he lacks the moral fitness we should demand of anyone who aims to sit on our nation's highest court".

If it feels last-minute, that's because it is: The grassroots events were organized overnight in response to Ford's testimony in the hopes that senators will reject-or at the very least slow down-Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

"I would support the other person, and I think there's a lot of other people that would, " she said.

A US Senate committee has voted to approve Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the US Supreme Court as discussions continue over a possible Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct.

Mark Judge, who Ms. Ford said took part in the assault, has told the committee he has no memory of the party. In the 21-member committee, there are 11 Republicans, and each of them supported Donald Trump's nominee for the high court.

"I've had a number of conversations with people on the other side related to doing our due diligence", Flake said.

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After Blasey Ford's testimony, Kavanaugh hit back furiously, categorically denying the assault took place and accusing Democrats of destroying his reputation for political reasons. She expressed sympathy for Ford, but said Kavanaugh deserved protection, too.

Kavanaugh also testified before the committee on the same day after Ford. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen.

She begged Senator Flake to look her in the eye.

Two other women have also come forward with allegations Kavanaugh engaged in sexual misconduct.

"There is perhaps increasing sense in the Republican caucus that they risk getting in real trouble if they vote this guy through without a proper investigation and then some of these claims prove out", Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, told TWS.

On Thursday, one of Kavanaugh's accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, and the judge delivered emotional testimony on Capitol Hill before the committee.

Trump nominated him to replace Anthony Kennedy, who for years was a swing vote between four conservative and four liberal justices.

"It is really the result of the collective effort, of all of us trying to make sure that our country does not shy away from staring at the darkness and shame of sexual violence, and a culture that condones it, but ignoring survivors".