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Fri Sep 28, 2018, 02:52 PM

Senate Judiciary Committee advances Brett Kavanaugh's nomination

Sen. Jeff Flake called for the full Senate vote to be delayed.
SEP 28, 2018, 2:13 PM

Less than 24 hours after hearing testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the 1980s, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Friday to send Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court to the Senate floor.

The committee advanced Kavanaugh’s nomination by a vote of 11-10. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) voted in favor of the nomination, with the caveat that the floor vote be delayed to allow for an FBI investigation, drawing protests from several Republican members. The committee recessed before they could vote on Flake’s motion.

Flake, believed to be a swing vote on the committee, announced early Friday morning that he would vote in favor of the nomination.

He appeared to change his mind midway through the committee meeting during a rare break in the anteroom, hours after being confronted by rape survivors in the Senate halls, who pleaded with him to reconsider. When Flake returned, he echoed the calls of Democrats in demanding that the committee delay the vote to allow the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.



Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch (UT) and Lindsey Graham (SC) appeared livid throughout Thursday’s hearing, both erupting in angry monologues on behalf of Kavanaugh.

“What you want to do is destroy this man’s life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020,” Graham screamed at the committee. “When you see [Supreme Court Justices Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagan, tell them that Lindsey said hello … because I voted for them.”

Hey Graham...................both of the justices where never accused of sexual assault, and just for reference..........all the documents where given to the committee to have it examined by the senators and the public................so go to hell.................

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