Next battle in war over Kavanaugh: FBI probe

Hugh Fox
October 2, 2018

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was in Boston on Monday for the Forbes Under 30 summit, and before the event, more than 1,500 protesters rallied in the streets, calling on him to vote "no" should the full Senate vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Jeff Flake, who said he would support Kavanaugh's confirmation before shocking the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday by calling for the process to be slowed so the FBI could investigate.

As the FBI investigates, a former Yale University classmate accused Kavanaugh of not being truthful about the extent of his drinking during his younger years. Mitchell concluded in her memo: "I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the committee".

"In my judgment, the pattern of behavior we've seen confirms what Democrats' own public statements have told us", McConnell said. The Brett he knew, Ludington said, was a "frequent" and "heavy" drinker who often became "belligerent and aggressive" when inebriated.

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In an interview after he spoke Monday night, Flake doubled down on that threat but he left room for the possibility that he could still support Kavanaugh if it were found he had lied about his history with alcohol, as some former high school and college classmates of Kavanaugh have charged since his testimony. Judge Kavanaugh's nomination is out of committee.

Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford. An hour of frantic behind-the-scenes negotiations ensued, ending when Flake emerged and dropped the bombshell that he wanted an FBI investigation before he would vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on the Senate floor. In his "60 Minutes" interview, which aired two days later, Flake admitted that he would not have done what he did had he been up for reelection. "There was a lot of doubt still", Flake said.

"There's no value to reaching across the aisle", Flake said, elaborating on his answer.

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The 55-year-old senator announced last year that he would retire at the end of his term, citing the direction of the Republican Party under Trump. But he also acknowledged that it may further complicate matters.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, taking to the Senate floor Monday afternoon, blasted Democrats for moving the "goal posts" on the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, and declared the Senate will be voting "this week" on his confirmation. "I felt that we weren't doing due diligence with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court", Flake said.

She alleges that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s when they were both students at Yale. It is also unclear where the interview took place or what the Federal Bureau of Investigation will do with the information Ramirez gave them.

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