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BY: David Rutz
Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) voted along with Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans to advance Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote to the floor on Friday, but he called for a one-week delay to the final vote for an FBI investigation into a sexual assault accusation against him.
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"I believe it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week in order to let the FBI continue to do an investigation, limited in time and scope, to the current allegations that are there," he said, adding he would vote to advance Kavanaugh "with that understanding."
"I would be only comfortable moving forward on the floor … until the FBI has done more investigation than they have already," Flake said. "It may not take them a week."
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Flake's language suggested he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without such a probe. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) said she supported Flake's idea." That meant if they both would vote "no" without one, and all 49 Senators in the Democratic caucus voted "no," Kavanaugh would be defeated.
After a dramatic day of testimony by Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday, the committee was scheduled to hold a vote at 1:30 p.m. EST on sending his nomination to the floor.
Flake, who had earlier announced...
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