Mark Judge To Cooperate With FBI On Brett Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Investigation

Noah Berlatsky

Fain said he "absolutely" denies the allegation and called for an investigation.

The allegations against the Supreme Court nominee, with the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men, have riveted the country even as they have imperiled his confirmation chances.

But Flake, after urgent consultations with colleagues including Democratic Senator Chris Coons, cast the vote only after asking the Republican-led panel to request that the Trump administration pursue an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe lasting up to seven days of the explosive allegations against Kavanaugh.

The senators also agreed that Kavanaugh's attacks on the left - specifically accusing the Clintons of involvement - seemed "partisan" beyond the standards of a judicial nominee. Following the agreement for the FBI to investigate Kavanaugh, the focus has moved to how the probe will be handled, its ultimate findings and whether it will put to rest fears about a lack of due diligence over the nominee for the nation's highest court.

With a 51-49 majority, Senate Republicans have little margin for error on a final vote, especially given the fact that several Democrats facing tough re-election prospects this fall announced their opposition to Kavanaugh on Friday.

The committee voted 11-10 along party lines in favor of confirming Kavanaugh.

One of the women accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct, Christine Blasey Ford, told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that when they were teenagers in 1982, Kavanaugh and a friend pushed her into a room and that he held her down and tried to take off her clothes.

"I can feel her pain, really".

Flake suggested the probe be limited to the current allegations against Kavanaugh.

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) seized on what this entry might mean on Friday during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, one that ultimately resulted in Sen. Jeff Flake announced he would vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Arizona Republican was confronted with the consequences.

"White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Senate set the scope and duration of the investigation and that the White House is letting the FBI agents do what they are trained to do". On the vote, the president said senators "have to do what they think is right" and "be comfortable with themselves". "I'm sure it will all be very good".

Susan Conger, 64, a former math teacher from Augusta, Georgia, who also worked in the Reagan administration, said she turned off her television during Thursday's hearing but has followed the news coverage of the testimony. "You're telling me that my assault doesn't matter, that what happened to me doesn't matter, that you're going to let people who do these things into power". This is totally ridiculous. A White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly said the West Wing saw the judge's opening statement as "game changing" and said Trump appeared to react positively.

Other Republicans entered, including Sen. "His testimony was powerful, honest, riveting".

"As far as I'm concerned this Congress has hit bottom and started to dig", the senator said. "Each appointment to our nation's highest court [as with all others] is simply too important to rush to a vote".

The Kavanaugh senate confirmation hearing has divided women across the country. Jeff Flake in a Capitol elevator Friday said she hopes other Republican senators listen to the stories of women who have been sexually assaulted.

The Arizona politician has since said that his support for Kavanaugh would be contingent on the FBI investigating Christine Blasey Ford's accusation of sexual assault. "Instead, its investigators are expected to pursue the same kind of background inquiry they have conducted on Kavanaugh in the past, focused on the new allegations". "Hello! For them, it will never be enough - stay tuned and watch!"

Cornyn said he doesn't think Ford's testimony Thursday met the burden of proof and that it's time to vote. She demanded she remain anonymous. "There are multiple allegations now in front of the committee, and I think it is not hard to figure out the universe of witnesses".

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