WATCH: Senator Jeff Flake Demands a Week Delay on Brett Kavanaugh Vote for Limited FBI Investigation


Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Friday demanded a week-long delay of the Senate floor vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court so the FBI can have the opportunity to investigate allegations of sexual assault that have imperiled the judge’s nomination.

“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 said to his colleagues. “We ought to do what can to make sure we do all due diligence with a nomination this important.”

Flake praised Committee chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), for “delaying the vote in this committee for a week” so that Ford could have the opportunity to testify. “So it’s with that agreement that I’ll vote to advance the bill to the floor,” Flake said of Kavanaugh’s potential confirmation.

Other Senators widely seen as on the fence on Kavanaugh have joined his call for a delay.

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska:

And Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat from West Virginia:

And now Senate leadership has responded. The Judiciary Committee announced it would request that the Trump administration instruct the FBI to “conduct a supplemental FBI background investigation.

And Senator John Cornyn — the Senate’s number two Republican — confirmed leadership would allow for such a 1-week delay:

Twitter cheered Flake.

The Associated Press reported Friday afternoon that Republican leadership in the Senate agreed to ask the White House to give the FBI until Friday, October 5 to conduct an investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh. This would include interviewing witnesses listed in Ford’s testimony, several of whom have signed sworn statements under penalty of perjury.

After a short period of uncertainty, President Donald Trump later in the day ordered the FBI to conduct an investigation that is “limited in scope” and to last no longer than a week, AP reported.

People on social media are generally supportive, particularly because they don’t understand the GOP’s rush to confirm Kavanaugh.

Before the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 along party lines to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote, Flake announced his intention to vote in favor of advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination.

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