Sen. Jeff Flake: I Will Vote To Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Jeff Flake: I Will Vote To Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

Additionally, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) will support Kavanaugh.

Senators on the committee spent the morning in a powerful rhetorical duel as they alternated accusing each other of trying to either thwart or fast-track Kavanaugh's nomination with game-changing November midterm elections looming on the horizon. But that advance came with an asterisk.

Senator Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, reportedly supports Senator Flake's position that the full Senate vote needs to be delayed to allow the FBI to investigate Dr. Ford's claims.

Gallagher added that she had never told anybody about assault before and it was only after her confrontation with Flake went viral, that her mother called to talk about it.

Flake said the delay should be "limited in time and scope", meaning a one-week time limit and with the bureau focusing only on Ford's allegation. "There is simply no reason to deny Judge Kavanaugh a seat on the Supreme Court on the basis of evidence presented to us".

"While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate's advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the Constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well", he said.

"We can't politicize the Supreme Court".

It was clear Republicans were still short of votes for final Senate approval after Thursday's hearing. Collins and Murkowski, as a target of opportunity. But there was no specific direction as to what that might include.

But who were the two women? In a new letter to the Senate panel, he said he would cooperate with any law enforcement agency assigned to investigate "confidentially".

However, during the committee hearing, a somber-looking Flake said his Senate floor vote to confirm Kavanaugh would be conditional on a one-week FBI investigation into the allegations against the nominee. "I think every one of us were riveted and powerfully impressed by her truth".

Flake, a key moderate Republican, was at the center of Friday's uncertainty. In fact, Flake voted against subpoenaing Judge on Friday.

Another woman said she believed Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school, because Blasey's story was similar to her own.

The other protester said, "Look at me when I'm talking to you".

The confrontation was captured by television cameras. That seemed to be enough for the Republicans, and Blumenthal's motion was then defeated along party lines, 11-10.

Attention quickly turned to a handful of undeclared senators.

While this woman spoke, Flake and his staff requested that she leave the elevator and allow him to move.

Flake repeatedly thanked the women and said he needed to get to the hearing. Democrats have been demanding that Kavanaugh's confirmation process be delayed for multiple reasons in the hope their party regains control of the Senate in the November mid-term elections. Bill Nelson of Florida, Joe Donnelly of IN and Jon Tester of Montana all said they would vote no. And at that time, Flake could vote "yes". "And I think he didn't want to be there because what he's doing is not explainable, it can not be justified by someone who has that responsibility".

So, against all odds, it may turn out that the White House decides they have to reopen the background check because it's their only remaining chance to get their nominee confirmed.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., sent a message to President Donald Trump about selecting Kavanaugh: "You did a good job, Mr. President". That means interviewing witnesses.