Kavanaugh Drama Extended 🎭

 Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Senator Flake flips

After intense hearings on Thursday involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans decided to proceed with a vote on his confirmation. In the 11th hour, Republican Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) announced that he would not vote for Kavanaugh until the FBI was given time to conduct an investigation into sexual harassment claims against him. The FBI will proceed with a one-week investigation.

Why did Flake change his mind?

Jeff Flake initially announced that he would vote in favor of Brett Kavanaugh. Afterward, two protestors confronted him in the elevator and made their case in front of several cameras. Flake later pulled aside Democrat Senator Coons to negotiate a week-long FBI investigation. Flake's decision forced the Republican leadership to comply with the request because Kavanaugh’s nomination could not afford the loss of Flake and other Senators he had convinced on the investigation.


LEANING LEFT:

CNN: Jeff Flake's moment: How a reliable conservative cast Kavanaugh's confirmation into doubt

The Atlantic: A Rare ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ in the Senate

The left cautiously praises Jeff Flake for a “remarkable show of force” even though some believe that he will “ultimately vote to confirm Kavanaugh.” They credit the efforts of the protestors as one of the reasons Flake called for an FBI investigation. The articles also applaud Senator Chris Coons’s (D-DE) “calm but heartfelt plea” in his role in convincing Flake to call for the investigation.

LEANING RIGHT:

National Review: Jeff Flake’s Terrible Idea

Townhall: The GOP’s Benedict Arnold: Jeff Flake (And How Democrats Blitzed Him)

The right lambasts Flake’s decision to allow Kavanaugh's “character assassination” to continue. The articles paint the FBI investigation as a “fishing expedition” to give Democrats more time to “brutalize” Kavanaugh. They conclude that even if the FBI investigation comes in clean, the Democrats will still oppose Kavanaugh. 


Where does this leave us?

The FBI has already started reaching out to different people associated with the allegations against Kavanaugh. While Washington waits a week for a report from the FBI, more troubles are brewing as one of the accuser's lawyers have already criticized the “artificial limits as to time or scope” that have been set on the investigation.

We've all been there

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