Republicans Push Kavanaugh Nomination Forward, But At What Cost?


By day's end, the White House acceded and asked for an investigation, too.

The investigation is being carried out at the request of Senate Republicans, a move that will delay the contentious confirmation process by a week.

The president told reporters that Ford "was a very credible witness" but also that Kavanaugh's own testimony on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee was 'an incredible moment'. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", Trump announced Friday.

"It'd be hard for me not to support her, but I really, really, really encourage her to vote against him, " Noyes said of Collins, who doesn't face re-election until 2020. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, did propose a delay of up to a week to allow the FBI to investigate allegations against Kavanaugh before the full Senate votes on the nomination. Afterwards they spoke of their personal motivations for cornering him in the Senate offices.

Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington.

Kavanaugh has vigorously denied the allegations. He made clear that his vote on the floor of the Senate depended on such a probe of "not more" than a week. Jeff Flake casting the deciding vote as expected.

Flake later said he knew his Republican colleagues Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME - key swing votes on Kavanaugh - would feel more comfortable moving ahead if there were an Federal Bureau of Investigation review. Jeff Flake upended those plans, calling for a "short pause" for a limited, one-week FBI investigation. Judge has denied being at any party with Ford when an attack took place. And at that time, Flake could vote "yes".

Ford's tearful recounting of allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school led Trump to express sympathy for Kavanaugh and his family for having to listen to the testimony, according to two Republicans close to the White House but not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

"I had planned to just talk to him nicely, but once when I saw that he was voting for Kavanaugh my niceties went out the window", she said.

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The prospect of a new investigation puts Kavanaugh's nomination in jeopardy.

However, he also said that the delay could eventually help both Republicans, and Kavanaugh himself.

In a USA Today op-ed posted Saturday, Archila further emphasized her position on Kavanaugh and why she confronted Flake.

GOP Rep. Leonard Lance, running for re-election in a suburban New Jersey district Trump lost in 2016, was forced to backtrack this week after being caught on tape questioning Kavanaugh's accusers.

In what can perhaps best be described as a supreme spectacle, Thursday's hearing between Dr. Christine Blasely Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh broke precedent, turned stomachs, and dominated Twitter feeds.

Flake later insisted on the FBI investigation to secure his vote allowing Kavanaugh's nomination to move out of the Judiciary Committee.

It was the most partisan performance by a Supreme Court nominee in history.

"This is a lifelong appointment to the highest court in the land, with critical issues like women's reproductive rights and health care hanging in the balance", Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, the Democratic candidate in the race said in a prepared statement.