Here’s that moment from Jeff Flake.
“I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week, in order to let the FBI do an investigation, limited in time and scope to the current allegations that are there.” (via Fox) pic.twitter.com/3t6kKMo1d5
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 28, 2018
Man, I did not see this coming.
I was all ready to condemn Flake for being a wishy-washy asshole, and here he comes out as the voice of reason.
I wonder if his change of heart had anything to with this confrontation yesterday?
Women confront Sen. Flake after he announces he’ll vote yes on Kavanaugh.
— POLITICO (@politico) September 28, 2018
Courtesy of Mother Jones:
Moments after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)—the key swing vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee—announced that he would vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Friday, a sexual assault survivor tearfully confronted Flake, pleading with Arizona senator to change course.
“Look at me when I’m talking to you!” the unnamed woman told Flake as he entered an elevator. “You’re telling me that my assault doesn’t matter. That what happened to me doesn’t matter. And that you’re going to let the people who do these things into power. That’s what you’re telling me when you vote for him.”
She was one of several protesters to approach Flake with gripping exhortations to vote against Kavanaugh.
“You have children in your family, think about them,” another woman told Flake. “I have two children. I cannot imagine that for the next 50 years they will have someone in the Supreme Court who has been accused of violating a young girl. What are you doing, sir?”
Shortly afterward, Flake voted to move forward with a committee vote on Kavanaugh this afternoon.
Yeah, that would have definitely convinced me to put the brakes on.
Now keep in mind that this does NOT mean that Trump will allow this investigation to go forward and no guarantee that even after it happens that Senator Flake will not vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
In fact, this could all be a political kabuki show, but it is still something which at least slows down the train speeding toward Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Update: It is just now being reported that Lisa Murkowski is coming out in support of this FBI investigation, so that makes at least two Senators who want the investigation to take place before any confirmation vote.
Update 2: Okay now Senator Collins is also backing this FBI probe.
I support this sensible agreement. pic.twitter.com/5QtenWGGqb
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 28, 2018
No way this thing can move forward without this investigation now.