Jeff Flake, Chris Coons On Brett Kavanaugh’s "Angry" Senate Testimony

Jeff Flake, Chris Coons On Brett Kavanaugh’s

Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it - a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly uncertain amid allegations of sexual assault.

Without both Flake and Murkowski, Republicans wouldn't have enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh. Protesters roamed the halls outside and yelled at senators, including Flake hours earlier as he tried to get into an elevator.

"I told Chris, 'Our country's coming apart on this - and it can't, '" Flake said.

If confirmed, Mr Kavanaugh would consolidate conservative control of the nation's highest court and advance Mr Trump's broad effort to shift the American judiciary to the right. "Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham". "He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!".

Trump missed hardly a moment of Thursday's hearing, relying on DVRs to keep up on the hearing from his private office on Air Force One as he traveled from NY to Washington, and continuing to monitor it back at the White House, where Ford's voice echoed from TVs around the building. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", he said in a statement issued by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. In her gripping testimony, Ford said Kavanaugh and Judge's laughter during the incident has stuck with her almost four decades later. Judge has said he does not recall any such incident. Ford asked Feinstein to keep the letter confidential.

It worked - the day ended with McConnell agreeing to delay the vote and the White House authorizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get involved - something Donald Trump had been loath to do.

Flake, a key moderate Republican, was at the centre of Friday's uncertainty.

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He acknowledged that no one could believe it - not even the comedian himself. "I can't believe it", Davidson said. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's alleged past sexual misconduct, which grabbed headlines on Thursday.

The editors at America magazine withdrew their support for Kavanaugh's nomination following Ford's testimony. Swetnick said further that over a series of parties, she saw Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women during the early 1980s".

Emma Scott, an 18-year-old University of South Carolina freshman from Charleston, South Carolina, said that, while she doesn't doubt Ford endured a trauma of some kind, she wasn't convinced it could be tied to Kavanaugh. The stunning confrontation was captured by television cameras. The Arizona Republican consulted with Coons, his friend and a Democrat from DE, before making his decision that rankled many Republicans on the committee. "The White House isn't intervening". The motion failed down party lines on an 11-10 vote. An attorney for Keyser reaffirmed her previous statement that she doesn't know Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a gathering or party where he was present, the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement Saturday night.

Attention quickly turned to a handful of undecided senators.

Two other key Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said they backed the plan after they and other GOP senators met for an hour in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office in the Capitol. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) over his plan to vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Flake's vote on final approval is not assured either. "They laid out the request, and we've opened it up", she said, adding, "This can't become a fishing expedition like the Democrats would like to see it be". "They want to talk to Ms. Ramirez, because she refused to talk to the committee". The investigators will compile information about Kavanaugh's past and provide their findings to the White House and include the information in Kavanaugh's background file, which is available to senators.

If Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell moves forward on a vote without an investigation, Flake said he would vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation to the high court. Malcolm pointed to the experience of Justice Clarence Thomas, who was confirmed almost 27 years ago after a similarly searing, nationally televised Judiciary Committee hearing on the allegations of a former assistant, Anita Hill, that he'd sexually harassed her.

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