Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct two weeks ago, right before his confirmation vote to the Supreme Court. Fast forward, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, his accuser was given the opportunity to testify, as well as Kavanaugh, and they both took it. They both presented a powerful case on Thursday, with Ford’s emotional hearing and Kavanaugh’s powerful defense in which he denied all allegations. The next question was : Will Kavanaugh take a seat at the Supreme Court as Trump vouched for him and many senators showed their unwavering support?
On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake voted to move Kavanaugh out of Committee but under few conditions. He asked the Senate floor to be postponed for a week so the FBI can conduct an investigation and look into Ford’s claims.
“I’m simply stating the discussion that we had between us all is that I would hope and I think we had some agreement before that the Democrats who have been — I think — justifiably uncomfortable moving ahead, could publicly, in an effort to bring this country together, say that we would feel better…. I’m not expecting them to vote yes… but not to complain that an FBI investigation has not occurred. This is what I’m trying to do. This country is being ripped apart here. We’ve got to make sure that we do due diligence,” said Flake.
This morning, Flake indicated that he would vote “yes” due to the fact that Kavanaugh deserves the presumption of innocence. Despite his believe that the accuser needed to be heard, Flake decided to focus on facts and corroborative evidence. Unfortunately, Ford didn’t prove any. What’s more, the witnesses that Ford listed, didn’t confirm his story – not even one of them. Thus, Flake thought it best to vote for Kavanaugh if he is to make it to the Senate floor.
However, Democrats cornered Flake immediately after his statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a last-minute attempt to persuade him. Sen. Chris Coon, his long-time friend, was on the verge of tears when he said he would vote “yes”. It appears that they succeeded in their attempts.
In the end, an 11-10 vote pushed Brett Kavanaugh out of the Committee. Flake’s colleagues indicated that he isn’t the one who can make a decision to delay the vote. In fact, it is entirely up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could decide whether that is the best option in the case. Furthermore, Republicans wouldn’t like to postpone anything, since the last time something was delayed, it led to additional allegations made against Kavanaugh, and wouldn’t want history to repeat itself when it comes to this particular case.
NEW: Sen. Flake says he wouldn't feel "comfortable" moving forward with the vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Senate floor "until the FBI has done more investigation than they have already." https://t.co/EGzKu6a7DQ pic.twitter.com/XPI3nhQI7V
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