How Sen. Flake brought the Senate back from the brink

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Joe Manchin of West Virginia about how to deal with the Kavanaugh accusations without rejecting his confirmation outright, sources told Politico. But at what cost?

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. I think some of their concern was how Kavanaugh would rule on the court. The panel later voted in favor of Thomas and he was eventually confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Republicans gave fiery speeches defending Kavanaugh.

In what has become the year of the woman in national politics, there are no easy answers for a party aligned with a president who has dismissed more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct of his own.

Republicans are reluctant for several reasons, including the likelihood that further investigations could push a vote past the November elections that may switch Senate control back to the Democrats and make consideration of any Trump nominee more hard.

"That's what you're telling all women in America - that they don't matter, they should just keep it to themselves", one of the protesters shouted at the Senator, a frequent Trump critic who looked shaken by the encounter.

That will, of course, throw off the schedule Republican leaders had in mind: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) eyed a quick floor vote on on the nominee, possibly as early as tomorrow.

Friday morning, the day after the hearing, Flake announced his support for moving Kavanaugh's nomination forward due to the fact that there was a lack of corroborating evidence.

So the table is set, but what of the china?

Speaking through her attorney, Leland Keyser, who remains a close friend to Ford, said she is willing to "cooperate fully" with the FBI's supplemental investigation into allegations against Kavanaugh.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar voice cracked with emotion at times during a 15-minute speech to colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday, as the Minnesota Democrat pushed for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the claims made by a Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee.

Millions watched, tears were shed and stomachs churned.

In swing state New Hampshire, former Republican Party chair Jennifer Horn said Republicans are "grossly underestimating the damage that would be done" at the ballot box in the short and long term should they confirm Kavanaugh.

Mr Flake's move came a day after an extraordinary hearing in which university professor Dr Christine Blasey Ford detailed her sexual assault allegation against Mr Kavanaugh.

The result is that our articles are reaching fewer people at a time when we need genuinely independent news more than ever. Lindsey Graham of SC, rallied the GOP - and that all-important audience of one, President Trump - to his side.

"I wouldn't have done it", Graham, who blasted his Democratic colleagues Thursday at the hearing, told reporters. "His testimony was powerful, honest, riveting". One Republican, Senator John Kennedy, called Kavanaugh's confirmation process "an intergalactic freak show". But for many Americans, regardless of political stripe and for different reasons, Thursday was emotional and frustrating, fist-shaking and embarrassing.

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Within moments of the eight-hour proceedings concluding, Trump tweeted his approval of Kavanaugh's performance and called on the Senate to move swiftly to a vote.