March 22, 2023

Jeff Flake just struck fear in Kavanaugh with an unexpected admission in a new interview

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Appearing alongside his Democratic colleague Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) was interviewed on CBS’ 60 Minutes tonight and said that he would not have been able to cross the aisle and work out a compromise to at least temporarily halt the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court pending an FBI investigation if he were still running for re-election this November. The Arizona Republican admitted that in today’s toxic political atmosphere, he could not have risked taking such a bold chance and put his neck on the chopping block if he were on the ballot this year.

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Most importantly, however, Senator Flake joined Senator Coons in committing to vote against the confirmation of Kavanaugh if the supplemental FBI background investigation probing the allegations of sexual assault against Trump’s nominee proves that he lied while testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Nomination’s over?” they were asked.

“I would think so,” Coons said at the end of their interview.

“Oh yes,” Flake agreed.

Without Senator Flake’s courageous move to force his Republican colleagues on the committee to agree to an FBI investigation, Kavanaugh’s confirmation would be taking place as soon as tomorrow rather than being postponed for a week so the bureau can complete its extended inquiry.

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Flake said that the motivation for his move was the sense that the apparent railroading of the nominee through to confirmation without a full investigation of the credible and serious charges against him was tearing the country apart.

Unless the FBI investigation that he enabled is allowed to move forward without interference from the White House as has been alleged Senator Flake’s fear of a country torn apart may yet emerge as a reality. The outcome will be known by the end of the week and could put us back where we were just days ago.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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