Flake defends call for Kavanaugh delay: 'We're coming apart at the seams'

Sen. Jeff Flake R-AZ speaks with Sen. Chuck Grassley R-IA Chairman during the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Kavanaugh to Floor Vote After Stunning Call from Jeff Flake for FBI Investigation: WATCH

He has denied her allegation and accusations of sexual misconduct made by two other women.

Leland Keyser stood to be the flawless witness for Christine Blasey Ford by confirming critical events that would bolster her charges against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Another restriction, according to NBC News, is that FBI investigators can not ask for employment records from the supermarket that employed Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge, whom Ford alleges was present during the sexual assault.

Separately, former Kavanaugh classmate Mark Judge - who Ford says witnessed and encouraged the attack - told the committee in a letter he will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that investigates "confidentially". Here's what she said next. But he said that he spoke to a lot of friends and family, and that really weighed on him. Blasey sometimes goes by her married name, Ford.

Kavanugh has denied the accusations by Ramirez and Swetnik and has said emphatically that he never abused or assaulted anyone. Jeff Flake and other moderate senators called for a weeklong delay on a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to give time for an investigation. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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President Donald Trump instructed the FBI to conduct an investigation within one week on Friday, after Republican Sen.

The women do not identify themselves in the video, but Archila's group sent a press release following the confrontation confirming it was Archila speaking on camera.

Grassley then noted that members of the Senate had been given access to 307 judicial opinions Judge Kavanaugh wrote during his twelve years on the bench, over 500,000 pages of documents, over 40 hours of live testimony, and answers to more written questions than every prior Supreme Court nominee combined.

Judge Stephen Breyer, also nominated by Clinton, has been a Supreme Court judge for more than 24 years now.

"The US Senate as an institution-we're coming apart at the seams", the Arizona senator said. There's no currency, no market for reaching across the aisle. The FBI typically does not make judgments on credibility or significance of findings, but rather just gathers information and leaves assessments up to recipients. When investigators have completed their work, anything they've discovered will be turned over to the White House as an update to Kavanaugh's background check file.

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Mitchell then led Ford through a detailed recollection of the events that she says occurred on the day of the alleged incident. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the Judiciary Committee chairman known for his cranky temperament and Midwestern twang.

"I'm a conservative. He's a conservative". Has a flake just saved the Supreme Court?

The nationally televised testimony by Blasey and Kavanaugh may have deepened the divides in an already polarized electorate. So on his way into the committee vote, he was confronted by two women who were demonstrating against Kavanaugh.

The Kavanaugh inquiry is expected to be tightly controlled by senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials working with agents in the Washington and Baltimore field offices who will collectively determine who will be interviewed, what kind of questions to ask and what, if any, evidence to examine, according to a former senior Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

"The Senate Judiciary Committee will request that the administration instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental FBI background investigation with respect to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court", the committee said in a statement.

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Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge, for a lifetime job on the top US court had appeared to be going along smoothly until Ford's allegation surfaced last week. A Senate committee voted on Friday to approve Kavanaugh's nomination to the top United States court.

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