Panel OKs Kavanaugh but Flake puts wrench in nomination

Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz. center talks to Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif left and Sen. Patrick Leahy D-Vt. during a delay in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Friday on Capitol Hill in Washington

As the person who seemed most likely to go wobbly, Flake's vote guarantees Kavanaugh will get a vote from the full Senate and puts him within striking distance of confirmation.

Flake was visibly uncomfortable. "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", Flake said. And I wanted of him to really stay there and be present and think of the people he loves, think of his children, and I wanted him to be a hero, to show up for his children, for my children, for myself, for Maria, for the women that have been telling our stories, and to vote with his conscience.

Another woman said Flake was allowing a person who "violated someone" to serve on the Supreme Court. Flake's call for an FBI investigation into Ford's allegations of assault against Kavanaugh puts a confirmation that was all but certain in peril, and it looked an bad lot like it was those two women's shouts that got him to change his mind.

"I always carried the fear that my parents would feel that they had failed in taking care of me if I told them", Archila said in a phone interview with The Washington Post.

Jeff Flake got the attention for being the driving force behind delaying a Senate vote on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

"I swear today under oath, before the Senate and the nation, before my family and God, I am innocent of this charge", Kavanaugh said. "That's what happened to me and that's what you're telling all women in America".

Grassley argued that after dramatic testimony Thursday from Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh without corroboration of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago, and a defiant nominee who declared his innocence and castigated Democrats for politicizing the process, that "the alleged behavior is inconsistent with everything else we know about him". I told it because I recognized in Dr. His response was to tell her she should have gone to the cops.

I do believe Judge Kavanaugh. He quietly listened to the women and alternated between making eye contact with them and looking down at the ground.

"Senator Flake, do you think that Brett Kavanaugh is telling the truth?"

"That's what you're telling all of these women! A retiring Republican senator dramatically changes the trajectory of a Supreme Court nomination as his sometime foil/POTUS looks on from 1600 [Pennsylvania Avenue]". "What are you doing to our country?"

He said it was "remarkable" the number of people who saw Ford and "were emboldened to come out and say what had happened to them".

"I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me!" yelled one woman at Flake.

The Arizona senator tried his best to look away. "We heard her provide details in that story that can be corroborated and other facts that can be uncovered if we hear from other witnesses, who have very relevant, important knowledge about what happened to her on that evening in that room".

After four and a half minutes, with security apparently on the way, the door of the elevator is finally allowed to close. "This is not tolerable!" one woman said.

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