Mitch McConnell Vows To Hold Vote On Kavanaugh This Week

Charlene Craig
October 2, 2018

Mr. Flake came under fire from both parties during the Kavanaugh hearings, including from women who berated him in a Capitol Hill elevator after he announced he planned to vote in favor of moving the nomination to the full Senate.

Democratic U.S. senators expressed concern on Sunday over reports the White House was working with Republicans to narrow the scope of an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Flake upended his party's plans to move quickly to confirm Kavanaugh Friday by saying he wants an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.

Former classmates have stepped forward to challenge Kavanaugh's testimony about his drinking. Mitchell concluded in her memo: "I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the committee".

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If, on the other hand, he votes no on Kavanaugh, Flake may continue his role as a maverick - but a maverick in a party whose other federal officeholders are nearly all pasture ponies, tamed by and terrified of Trump.

The allegations have disrupted Kavanaugh's all-but-assured nomination to the Supreme Court and the Republicans' chance to shift the judiciary to the right for decades to come. Charles "Chad" Ludington, who said he was a friend of Kavanaugh's at Yale University and now teaches at North Carolina State University, called Kavanaugh "a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker". Feinstein did not mention the letter in any hearings with Kavanaugh, and its contents were later leaked to the press, leading Ford to reveal publicly her accusation. He voted to send the nomination out of the committee but made his support for a Senate floor vote contingent on an FBI investigation. 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.

"It is surely a symptom of our disease that such a modest plea was met with rage from all sides", Flake said.

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

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BOSTON The Republican senator who suddenly sits at the center of the explosive debate over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick was set to address New Hampshire voters today ahead of a possible run for president. But he also acknowledged that it may further complicate matters.

"We are going to keep pushing because justice in America is not just about protecting the powerful", Ocasio-Cortez said.

The investigation is not an expansive criminal probe but an additional background check on Kavanaugh.

On Monday, Flake was pushing hard for an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry that wasn't restricted to just a handful of interviews.

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Ramirez and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", Clune revealed in a tweet on Sunday morning. Swetnik claimed that she was raped by such a group at a party where Kavanaugh and Judge were present.

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