The drama of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation reached its mid-season finale today when Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) called for an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh before the confirmation vote in the senate. Though Flake still voted for Kavanaugh to proceed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the demands for an investigation were something Democrats and even some Republicans had been championing, and now the President has relented and requested such an investigation.
Now, a viral photo is showing just how Committee chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and committee member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), as well as a mystery aide, reacted the moment Flake announced to the committee that his vote was conditional.
The result is a portrait Michelangelo couldn't paint.
@LACaldwellDC @JeffFlake The look on @OrrinHatch when he heard the news about @JeffFlake https://t.co/iEimAWnLya— Jason (@Jason)1538159886.0
Let's get a closer look:
The mystery woman claimed the internet's heart.
@jasonash_ @LACaldwellDC @JeffFlake @OrrinHatch Me right now https://t.co/CTaagchh9a— Adam (@Adam)1538164900.0
@jasonash_ @LACaldwellDC @JeffFlake @OrrinHatch The stuff memes are made of https://t.co/mJclQOUEJs— Marlon Weems (@Marlon Weems)1538160561.0
@jasonash_ @LACaldwellDC @JeffFlake @OrrinHatch THIS LADY 2020!— Lorca Damon (@Lorca Damon)1538162232.0
While the mystery woman is certainly the star of this photo, Hatch and Grassley weren't forgotten either.
@jasonash_ @LACaldwellDC @JeffFlake @OrrinHatch @OrrinHatch doesn't look too "pleasing" here.— Traci DeFazio (@Traci DeFazio)1538161881.0
@jasonash_ @LACaldwellDC @JeffFlake @OrrinHatch .@OrrinHatch is my senator and he's the absolute worst. He exclusiv… https://t.co/JGeb5CCGxa— awwsten (@awwsten)1538162880.0
Many were comparing the two senators with other famous duos.
live look at Hatch and Grassley https://t.co/CxeQSYDWPA— John Kerr (@John Kerr)1538154596.0
Live shot of Hatch and Grassley sitting alone in the chamber #DelayTheVote #KavanaughVote #KavanaughHearings https://t.co/yh60i68rZs— Katie P (@Katie P)1538156593.0
Chuck Grassley and Orrin Hatch #dumbanddumber https://t.co/inCUBCQI5M— Vitus Bering (@Vitus Bering)1538069043.0
While Jeff Flake was seen as the sole swing vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he announced his support for Kavanaugh and it seemed like hope was lost.
Then, Flake announced the FBI investigation caveat.
While it was a moment of dismay for Grassley and Hatch, most people related to the overjoyed woman in the background.
@jasonash_ @LACaldwellDC @JeffFlake @OrrinHatch She is all of us.— Shannon Schultz (@Shannon Schultz)1538163636.0
@jasonash_ @LACaldwellDC @JeffFlake @OrrinHatch This lady and #PlaidShirtGuy are the unsung heroes of the Resistance.— seasweetie (@seasweetie)1538162663.0
@jasonash_ @LACaldwellDC @JeffFlake @OrrinHatch This warms my heart. https://t.co/OoTdm8SBII— Ashley *eyes full of wonder* (@Ashley *eyes full of wonder*)1538161505.0
While Flake's demand for an FBI investigation seemed sudden, he seemed torn even after the hearings. Once he heard both testimonies, he said:
I would just urge my colleagues to recognize that in the end we are 21 very imperfect senators trying to do our best to provide advice and consent. And in the end, there is likely to be as much doubt as certainty going out of this room today. As we make decisions going forward, I hope that people will recognize that.
After announcing his intention to vote Kavanaugh through committee, Flake was approached by two victims of sexual assault who confronted him in an elevator in a powerful exchange.
Sen. Jeff Flake is confronted by protestors on his way to the Senate Judiciary Committee vote after announcing he w… https://t.co/bHsz2FnAgI— Axios (@Axios)1538142431.0
Though he did end up voting for Kavanaugh, the caveat of an FBI investigation hasn't erased hope for the Democrats, though whether or not the investigation will happen remains up to Donald Trump.