Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Friday called for a one-week delay in a Senate floor vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court in order to allow the FBI time to conduct an investigation into the sexual assault allegations leveled against him.
“I have been speaking with a number of people on the other side … in regard to making sure that we do due diligence here,” Flake said.
“I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week in order to let the FBI do an investigation, limited in time and scope,” Flake added before ultimately voting to advance Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Flake said he would oppose moving forward with Kavanaugh’s nomination in the full Senate if Republicans try to bring it up before then.
Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski still have not announced which way they’ll vote on Kavanaugh.
JUST IN: Sen. Jeff Flake calls for delaying floor vote on Brett Kavanaugh "for up to and not more than one week" to allow FBI conduct an investigation. https://t.co/rexBskY01E pic.twitter.com/nPIMpZqbyY
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) September 28, 2018
Sen Flake, R-AZ., says "Democrats are justifiably uncomfortable moving ahead" on the Kavanaugh nomination. "This country's being ripped apart here," he says. Calls for full Senate not to take up the nomination for a week to allow FBI investigation. pic.twitter.com/5NJypagXWX
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 28, 2018
"This is all a gentlemen's & gentleladies' agreement" Grassley says, making key point re what just happened. After much speculation he would change/withhold his vote to approve Kavanaugh's nom, Flake voted YES…Said he'd seek 1wk delay for FBI probe but no guarantee of that
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) September 28, 2018