Kavanaugh nomination moves forward as Flake calls for FBI investigation

Kavanaugh nomination moves forward as Flake calls for FBI investigation

Jeff Flake (R-AZ)'s proposal to delay Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote by a week to allow the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against him.

The decision marks a reversal for the administration, which had argued that Kavanaugh had already been vetted. The vote comes one day after Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, each delivered emotional testimony on Capitol Hill.

What Republicans say is the due diligence on Kavanaugh is complete and now it's time for the Judiciary Committee to vote on whether to recommend him to the full Senate - and then for the chamber itself to decide.

Polaris/NewscomRepublican senators say a judiciary committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation will go forward Friday morning.

"It's not to say that there can not be a situation where a person has risen above these kinds of behavior or teenage behavior", Hill told NPR, "but is to say that what we have is a person speaking the privilege of representing the laws of this country, and when that individual is reasonably believed to have broken those laws - and then not been truthful about it - to me, that's a disqualification".

And there are also three Democrats who voted to confirm President Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and none of them has said whether they'll support Kavanaugh: Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, who have not said whether they'll support Kavanaugh.

Inside the hearing room, senators also continued to talk about the allegations against Kavanaugh, including that of Deborah Ramirez, a client of lawyer Michael Avenatti.

Durbin noted that, in contrast to Kavanaugh's previous testimony, his opening statement on Thursday revealed the judge's true identity as a right-wing partisan firebrand more suited to being a Fox News pundit than a Supreme Court justice.

Meanwhile, Charmed star Alyssa Milano, who attended Friday's hearings in person, called Flake a "coward" before he asked for an FBI investigation. In the morning, he announced that he would support Kavanaugh's nomination. A rating of unanimously well-qualified from the American Bar Association.

Confirming Kavanaugh would be an important milestone for Republicans and the president, as it would tilt the balance of power on the high court to conservatives.

The judiciary is expected to vote Friday on whether to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate.

President Trump has declined the request of Democrats to order another FBI investigation. But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear Judge Kavanaugh's name, we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country.

"After what has gone on with this nominee, it is now all-out war between Republicans and Democrats".

If approved, a vote on confirmation could come early next week.

During testimony that one senator described as "riveting", Ford said she was "100 percent certain" that Kavanaugh assaulted her in 1982.

Debra S. Katz, one of Ford's attorneys, said that her client welcomed the FBI investigation, adding that no "artificial limits as to time or scope should be imposed" on it.

For their part, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department had previously noted their role was not to "make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation" but rather "to provide information for the use of the decision makers".

A committee vote to approve Kavanaugh would pave the way for a final debate and vote on the Senate floor in the coming days, perhaps as early as Tuesday.

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