Jeff Flake Pledges to Consider FBI Review Before Final Kavanaugh Vote

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"The compromise was limited in time - a week - and given that the Anita Hill investigation took four days and they took 22 witnesses, a week is certainly enough", Flake said, referring to the woman who had accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearing three decades ago.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he "couldn't move forward without hitting the pause button" on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court and, therefore, insisted on an FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against the nominee. The 55-year-old Republican, who is retiring from the Senate at the end of the year, has already declared his interest in a possible 2020 presidential bid - as a Republican or an independent - in part to stop Trump from winning a second term. "Whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority".

"Fergus Cullen, former chairman of the New Hampshire GOP, said Mr. Flake is serving as the" conscience" of the party and said he is surprised by the pushback he has received.

Flake told CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday that the conservative judge's nomination would be "over" if federal investigators determine he lied.

When asked what he thought the chances were that after the FBI wraps up its investigation, "we are going to be in exactly the same place", Flake responded: "There is a chance that that will happen", but added he does think progress can be made.

"It does no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover, for example".

"It has not been in my plans to run for president, but I have not ruled it out", Flake said at the time.

"If you listen carefully, Mr. President, you can practically hear the sounds of the Democrats moving the goal posts", McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday, comparing the allegations against Kavanaugh to the McCarthy era, when Sen.

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Kavanaugh has denied Ford's claim and that of another woman who has come forward with an allegation from his time at Yale. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of IN also have not revealed which way they might vote.

The FBI is investigating the accusation at the behest of senators who sent Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate on Friday.

"No, not a chance", Mr. Flake said.

I have been watching and listening to our elected Democratic Senators in Washington acting as judge and jury in these hearings, as they created a climate of hatred and innuendo where I would be surprised that any wife or mother would want their husband or son to run for public office.

"I guess I want to say, 'Thank you, '" Walsh said. "The one thing I want is speed".

Maybe I'm just hopeful, but that sounds like a man with a primary challenge in mind.

Flake, who has bemoaned the partisanship of Washington and said Monday "could never warm to the president" because of the way Trump insulted his political opponents and contributed to the divisiveness in Washington, also got the 2020 question.

Tom Rath, a veteran GOP operative in New Hampshire, said it is far too early to speculate about whether Mr. Flake could be a viable presidential contender, but said he is happy he is airing his views. I think it is badly needed.

He went on to decry the Republican Party in his speech, saying members of the party have "given in to the bad tribal impulse that first mistakes our opponents for our enemies" that lead the party to becoming "seized with the conviction that we must destroy that enemy".