While Judge Kavanaugh may have passed his first hurdle toward a tumultuous appointment to the Supreme Court, it wasn’t without some serious fireworks.
Yesterday, of course, was filled with emotional testimony from both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford. The two seemed to tell completely different stories, essentially confirming that the nation will be left to decide the fate of this appointment by weighing an ugly and unseemly “he said, she said” argument that was rushed into place by democrats who dragged their feet on the allegations for weeks.
In yet another surprise twist to the tale, Senator Jeff Flake has sided with the democratic lawmakers, calling for an FBI investigation into the accusations.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake sided with Senate Democrats Friday to try to force a one-week FBI investigation of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Flake agreed to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate, but would not support a floor vote for Kavanaugh without allowing the investigation to happen.
The Arizona Republican had indicated earlier in the day his support for the judge, but pushed the nomination in a new direction after meeting privately at length with U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, who is a member of the committee and a close personal friend.
“This country is being ripped apart here,” Flake said. “I do think we can have a short pause and have the FBI investigate. … It would be short and limited in scope to the current allegations here.”
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The President himself has signaled that he would be willing to allow for such a delay as well.
Likely, the FBI report will do little besides delay the inevitable anger of the democrats. Not only will the FBI specifically not come to a conclusion, (leaving the Senate to decide Kavaugh’s fate again), but prominent female sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell believes that there may not be sufficient evidence to move the case forward in a criminal court.
What this accomplishes is only a delay for the democrats, who are working tirelessly to push the Kavanaugh nomination back until after the 2018 midterms.