"If Republicans do not get this vote taken and Kavanaugh confirmed, you can kiss the midterms goodbye", conservative icon Rush Limbaugh boomed from his radio studio this week, a message that Trump echoed on Twitter and Republican strategists repeated privately on Friday. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on a elevator that would take him to the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.
Republicans believe the limited FBI investigation will give wavering Republican senators confidence - and a degree of political cover - to vote for Kavanaugh through.
Blasey, now a psychology professor, told the Senate committee this week she is "100 percent" certain it was Kavanaugh who pinned her to a bed at a high school party in what she believed was an attempt to rape her. Flake then spent a sleepless night agonizing over what to do.
The vote was 11-10 - all the Republicans on the committee voted yes, while the all the Democrats on the committee voted no. Maria Gallagher shouted at Flake.
Two tearful women cornered Flake as he got on an elevator Friday, pleading for him to reconsider his support for the appeals court judge who's been accused of sexual assault when he was a teenager.
"Moments ago I walked out of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Kavanaugh", Harris tweeted after. "It has been remarkable over the past week".
Ultimately, Flake stopped short of where Democrats hoped he would land, which was putting a hold on a committee vote. "They were downstairs", Blasey said, adding that she did not tell Keyser about the assault at the time. Jeff Flake's last-minute demand for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe after he was confronted by sexual assault survivors in a Senate elevator.
Although the FBI will have just a week to investigate the allegations, this timeframe is not out of step with prior similar investigations.
Some time later, Flake came back in and dropped a bombshell. After the committee adjourned, Senator Lindsey Graham - who just yesterday castigated his Democratic colleagues for conspiring to obstruct the nomination process by calling for an investigation - praised Flake's motion as preserving the integrity of the committee and the nomination process.
"It is really the result of the collective effort, of all of us trying to make sure that our country does not shy away from staring at the darkness and shame of sexual violence, and a culture that condones it, but ignoring survivors".
Archila's father discovered his daughter had been assaulted as a child when he watched news footage of the encounter with Senator Flake.
"While I would gladly welcome the opportunity to work with President Trump on a new nominee for this critically important position, if Judge Kavanaugh's nomination comes before the full Senate for a vote under these circumstances, I will oppose it".