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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) speaks to members of the media after a
meeting in the office of Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch
McConnell (R-KY) September 28, 2018 at the U.S. Capitol in
Washington, DC.

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  • The morning after emotionally fraught hearings in front
    of the Senate Judiciary Committee looked like it would be
    business as usual, as members sought to move Brett Kavanaugh’s
    Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor.
  • Only 24 hours earlier, the senators heard compelling
    testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, the California university
    professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Kavanaugh
    had delivered a tearful rebuttal himself that included an
    extended attack on Democrats he accused of trying to ruin his
    life.
  • The fallout was immense, but despite this, Kavanaugh’s
    confirmation appeared to be a foregone conclusion Friday
    morning. That changed after Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona released
    a statement announcing that he would vote in favor of
    Kavanaugh.
  • Shortly after, he was cornered in an elevator by two
    women who shared their own stories as victims of sexual abuse.
    The entire emotional exchange was captured on live
    television.
  • Flake returned to the committee room where nearly two
    hours of hushed, bipartisan discussion began. Friday ended with
    President Donald Trump ordering the FBI to reopen its
    investigation into Kavanaugh.

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court seemed like a
foregone conclusion on Friday morning.

Only 24 hours earlier, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee
heard compelling testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, the
California university professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexually
assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh had delivered a tearful rebuttal himself that included
an extended attack on Democrats he accused of trying to ruin his
life.

The fallout was immense, but despite this, Kavanaugh’s
confirmation appeared all but certain. That changed after Sen.
Jeff Flake of Arizona released a statement announcing that he
would vote in favor of moving Kavanaugh’s nomination out of
committee and onto the Senate floor.

Shortly after, he was cornered in an elevator by two women who
shared their own stories as victims of sexual abuse. They said
his vote for Kavanaugh would send a message to women and girls
that “assault doesn’t matter.”

The entire emotional exchange was captured on live television.

Later, as Flake returned to the committee room, the mood shifted
and nearly two hours of hushed bipartisan discussion began, led
by Flake and his close Democratic counterpart, Sen. Chris Coons
of Delaware, among others.

Flake offered his vote to move Kavanaugh’s nomination out of
committee if the leadership agreed to push for an additional FBI
investigation of the nominee’s background as it relates to Ford’s
sexual assault allegations and separate claims of misconduct from
two other women.

“I’ve had a number of conversations with people on the other side
related to doing our due diligence,” Flake said. “I think it
would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to, but no more
than, one week in order to let the FBI continue to do an
investigation limited in time and scope.”

The Judiciary Committee leadership agreed, and later so did
Senate leaders, giving federal investigators one week to
reexamine Kavanaugh’s background.

By Friday afternoon,
President Donald Trump gave the order
.

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