As one of the longest and most controversial Senate confirmation hearings continue, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says he will ask the president to authorize an FBI investigation into alleged sexual assault allegations against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh Friday.
As one of the last Republican votes the GOP needed in order to confirm Kavanaugh, Flake was seen at one point exit the voting room with other Senate Democrats. When he came back, he said that he wanted an investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
“I think that we ought to do what we can to make sure that we do all due diligence with a nomination this important,” Flake said.
However, Flake is not with the Democrats in thinking that the Kavanaugh hearings have not been fair to both sides.
“I wanna say that this committee has acted properly, and the chairman has bent over backward to do investigations from this committee and to delay the vote in this committee for a week so that Dr. Ford could be heard.”
This would be the seventh FBI background check Kavanaugh has been through since he began his service as a federal judge. His last background check was when he was nominated for the D.C. Court of Appeals by President Bush in 2003. This point was seldom mentioned during his confirmation hearings.
While saying he will not vote for Kavanaugh in the Senate without a week-long FBI investigation into his possible wrongdoings, he did vote to advance him through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh is expected to testify in front of the Senate as early as next week.