Flake says if Federal Bureau of Investigation finds Kavanaugh lied, nomination is over

Flake says if Federal Bureau of Investigation finds Kavanaugh lied, nomination is over

Asked what would cause him to vote "no" on Kavanaugh, Flake pointed to "any evidence that corroborates" his accuser's story.

"The former five-term senator from MA also called it incomprehensible" that the Judiciary Committee had not sought to speak with Mark Judge, the friend of Kavanaugh's who Ford identified as the only other witness to her assault.

Some Democratic lawmakers claim the White House is keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses and have questioned how thorough an investigation that must be concluded by Friday can and will be. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) called for a one-week FBI investigation.

Katie Hedberg of Plymouth, who was one of just over 100 people who came out to protest, said she wasn't sure whether Flake's call for an investigation was honest or if it was a way to give embattled Republicans cover to vote for Kavanaugh ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Flake said the FBI investigation will lead to additional interviews and could reveal new information.

President Donald Trump bowed to pressure from moderate members of his Republican Party on Friday and ordered the probe after Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor, detailed her allegations at a Senate hearing that Kavanaugh assaulted her in 1982, when the two were in high school. The stunning drama that unfolded last week - the highlights of which were Ford's gut-wrenching testimony of what she said happened to her 36 years ago and Kavanaugh's pained denial - has laid bare the hyperpartisan battle over what is supposed to be the least partisan branch of government.

CBS News has confirmed that the White House has authorized the Federal Bureau of Investigation to expand the initial scope of the review to include interviews of anyone it deems necessary in order to vet those misconduct claims, and the president on Monday said he wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview "anybody" they want to, "within reason".

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, taking to the Senate floor Monday afternoon, blasted Democrats for moving the "goal posts" on the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, and declared the Senate will be voting "this week" on his confirmation.

"By the conventions of how party loyalists are supposed to behave, I hope to continue to fail my tribe", Flake said.

"I don't see that happening in my case".

"He is taking flak from the left for not taking enough of a stand, and I am like, 'What more do you want?'" he said of the Kavanaugh battle. Flake said he may run - either as a Republican or an independent - if no one else does.

But in March, Flake told New Hampshire Republicans that someone needs to stop Trump in the 2020 presidential contest.

He added: "Sometimes I had too many beers, sometimes others did".

"I want him to be a fly in the ointment", Mr. Cullen said.

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