'Protestors' Who Confronted Flake Over Kavanaugh Vote May Have Ulterior Motives

Larry Hoffman
October 1, 2018

"President Trump's decision to order a one-week investigation into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, comes in a time of nearly indescribable pain and anger, lies and attacks", Comey explained.

The investigation comes after Christine Blasey Ford, a northern California professor, alleged that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a high school gathering in the 1980s.

During the Senate hearing on Friday, Flake huddled with Coons and other Democrats on the panel to enlist support for a bipartisan effort to call for a one week delay so the FBI could investigate the claims made by a number of women against Kavanaugh. Was it to "stand in solidarity with Dr. Ford" and Kavanaugh's other accusers?

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway denied during TV interviews Sunday that the White House is directing the process.

WASHINGTON- After a dramatic flurry of last-minute negotiations, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh cleared a key procedural hurdle Friday, but his confirmation prospects were still deeply uncertain as Republicans agreed to ask for a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations. Two other women have accused the appeals court judge of sexual misconduct.

The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Friday to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, with the informal understanding that the FBI would investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh.

The president revisited the question of the scope of the FBI's probe in a late-night tweet Saturday, writing in part, "I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion". "I encourage them to use the next week to gather any additional relevant facts, and then act on this nomination".

Female voices have echoed throughout the U.S. Senate this week demanding male senators justify their support for Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination despite an allegation of high school sexual assault.

Flake, who prompted the new Federal Bureau of Investigation probe by threatening to withhold his vote to confirm Kavanaugh, said in a 60 Minutes interview set to air Sunday that he found Kavanaugh's testimony Thursday to be "partisan" at times and that "his interaction with some of the members was a little too sharp". 74% of Republicans thought Kavanaugh was telling the truth compared to only 11% of Democrats.

Christine Blasey Ford
Christine Blasey Ford waves as she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday

"I've never heard that the White House, either under this president or other presidents, is saying: 'Well, you can't interview this person; you can't look at this time period; you can only look at these people from one side of the street, '" she said.

Trump said the NBC report was incorrect.

"And I as it went on - I think his interaction with some of the members was a little too sharp".

The committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by Friday. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said it was his understanding there would be an FBI investigation of "the outstanding allegations, the three of them", but Republicans have not said whether that was their understanding as well.

Calls for an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh mounted after Ms Ford alleged he sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers.

Kavanaugh wouldn't answer directly when he was asked Thursday if he would agree to an FBI investigation, but said he would do whatever the Judiciary Committee wanted. "But I think she embellished what happened, or she would have gone to some authority or said something about it years ago". Was it to promote her progressive organization (especially since she says they don't get big funding)?

Emma Scott, an 18-year-old University of South Carolina freshman from Charleston, South Carolina, said that, while she doesn't doubt Ford endured a trauma of some kind, she wasn't convinced it could be tied to Kavanaugh. "They have to make sure that this is a credible investigation from beginning to end".

"I was really struck that I thought his anger got the best of him. It's not my job to judge her because I don't know her".

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