A couple of hours after issuing a statement Friday morning indicating that he would vote "yes" on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, Republican Senator Jeff Flake surprised just about everyone by reconsidering - sort of.
That increases the pressure on a handful of colleagues who haven't yet said whether they back Kavanaugh: Republican Sens.
For five minutes the two emotionally harangued him as he stood in the corner of an elevator, staring at the floor and looking up occasionally at them with a pained expression as they described their own experiences with sexual assault and pleaded with him not to agree to putting Kavanaugh on the court. "However, as my client has already made clear, she does not know Judge Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford".
Either way, his agreement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be allowed look again into Judge Kavanaugh's background and the allegations against him was a significant moment.
"It is really the result of the collective effort, of all of us trying to make sure that our country does not shy away from staring at the darkness and shame of sexual violence, and a culture that condones it, but ignoring survivors".
Sexual Assault Survivors Confront Pro-Kavanaugh Senator In An Elevator
Flake said he would "only be comfortable moving on the floor until the FBI has done more investigation than they have already". The letter comes after emotional testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh about the allegation at a committee hearing Thursday.
Friday ended with President Donald Trump ordering the FBI to reopen its investigation into Kavanaugh.
Earlier Friday, committee Chairman Charles Grassley flatly dismissed the ABA's request, saying, "I've explained many times an FBI investigation is not necessary". Donnelly, like many other Democratic lawmakers, called for the FBI to investigate the allegations. The vote to do so was approved, with all Republicans voting aye and eight votes, all Democrats, voting no.
"They are going to pursue every lead, every bit of information possible that comes up in the interviews so they are not going to stop until it's done because this will now be raised to the highest priority category of investigation", he said. When a student points out that they both can't be telling the truth, the rabbi says, "My student, you're right too".
The committee's vote comes the day after both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, testified before the committee.
A USA official with knowledge of the matter said the FBI could complete an investigation within a week, but the timeline ultimately depends on what is involved, such as the number of interviews that need to be done and whether newly uncovered information needs to be followed up on.
The "uproarious laughter between the two (Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge) and their having fun at my expense", Ford said. "They were downstairs", Blasey said, adding that she did not tell Keyser about the assault at the time. I have never seen someone who wants to be elevated to the highest court in the country behave in that manner.