Jeff Flake stunned his own party members on Friday afternoon when he asked for a week-long FBI investigation into claims of rape and assault brought against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The Arizona Senator, however, wasn’t acting on a whim, instead, relying on the support of several other members of Congress to hold his position. After his shocking about-face, Flake was joined by GOP moderates Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK). They now hold the cards for confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Flake, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, moved in favor of Kavanaugh with a request to re-open the FBI background investigation into the sexual assault claims.
“If I have any experience covering politics around here, you don’t walk a plank the way Jeff Flake just walked the plank if you don’t know that there’s a couple of people that will stick behind you or at least jump in the water after you and pull you out,” MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt said. “The three of them together have incredible leverage, because it means that Mitch McConnell doesn’t have the 50 votes to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”
“They’re going to get whatever they demand. And if the White House doesn’t give in then perhaps they are essentially sinking the nomination of this man,” Hunt added.
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It’s not yet clear if President Donald Trump will grant Jeff Flake’s request for a week-long FBI investigation.
In the meantime, attorney Michael Avenatti promised that he would “thoroughly enjoy embarrassing” the GOP if they moved the nomination forward.
Warning – If the committee advances the nomination this afternoon, my client and I are going to thoroughly enjoy embarrassing @ChuckGrassley @LindseyGrahamSC @tedcruz and all of the other GOP members on the committee this weekend when her story is told and is deemed credible.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 28, 2018
Avenatti is representing another Kavanaugh accuser, Julie Swetnick.
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