Flake's request, which stunned colleagues, came after he was confronted on live television by two female protesters who expressed dismay at the Republican rush to confirm the man who had been credibly accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, in dramatic testimony to the committee on Thursday.
Jeff Flake's R-AZ remarks during Senate Judiciary Committee meeting to vote on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.in Washington, U.S., September 28, 2018.
Flake's move puts in doubt the fate of Kavanaugh, who has in recent days drawn strong support from Trump and other top Republicans, but now faces another week of scrutiny and must watch as senators in both parties endure mounting pressure from their respective bases to either rally to his side or block his confirmation.
Republican leadership has agreed to a request made by Sen. "I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to, but not more than, one week, to let the FBI continue to do an investigation limited in time and scope to the current allegations".
In a statement released by the White House on Friday, Kavanaugh said he was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation throughout the selection process and participated in several background calls with the Senate.
The confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, already stuffed with more plot twists than a Shyamalan flick, just saw another dramatic 11thr-hour wrinkle. And I think as I make my remarks, perhaps you'll see why.
When asked whether there was any chance she was mistaken about the identity of her attacker, Blasey Ford said, "Absolutely not".
When a reporter asked whether he wanted to respond to the women's questions, he said no. However, since Democrats do not plan to object to it going forward by voice vote, "there is likely to be little drama over the weekend".
"Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me", said 23-year-old Maria Gallagher. The battle has thrown Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination into turmoil and become another landmark in the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.
Mr Kavanaugh could be the deciding vote on several contentious legal issues if he is confirmed to the nine-member court, with disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading to the court soon. Mr Trump nominated Mr Kavanaugh to replace Mr Kennedy.
"Kavanaugh dodged and dissembled, ranted and raved, filibustered - I did not find him credible", Whitehouse said. In a more measured tone than his emotional delivery during Thursday's charged hearing, Graham said "count me in" when it comes to listening to women who have been victimized. I told it because I recognized in Dr. Ford's story that she's telling the truth.
Flake stated his intention shortly before voting to advance Kavanaugh's nomination from the committee to the Senate floor.
Ford's sister-in-law, Sandra Mendler, also said she wept from watching her testimony.