He said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his ascension to the high court. Jeff Flake said on Monday, The Hill reported. ".Democratic staffers asked the Republican majority staff to get on the phone with Counsel McGahn to discuss what should be the parameters, and they were told 'forget it'". He pledged that the full Senate would begin voting on Kavanaugh's nomination this week.
If, on the other hand, he votes no on Kavanaugh, Flake may continue his role as a maverick - but a maverick in a party whose other federal officeholders are nearly all pasture ponies, tamed by and terrified of Trump. Avenatti will howl, liberals will realize that Kavanaugh's about to be confirmed with Flake's help, and the soon-to-be ex-senator from Arizona will realize just how much Democrats "respect" him.
Heitkamp, meanwhile, noted that Trump himself called for a "broader" FBI investigation into the allegations.
"I don't see that happening in my case".
The majority leader had previously said Kavanaugh would be confirmed by October 1, but after four days of hearings into the nominee's background concluded, Democrats released an 11-hour bombshell that disrupted the process: An accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman, Christine Blasey Ford, while they were both in high school. Kavanaugh has denied all accusations of sexual misconduct decades ago. A third claim - from Julia Swetnick, who is represented by attorney Michael Avenatti - accuses Kavanaugh of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women at parties in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied Ramirez's allegation. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee brought her in to question Ford.
US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a "frequent, heavy drinker" at college who staggered, slurred his words and became belligerent and aggressive, a former classmate has said.
Flake said Ford offered "compelling, credible testimony", but he also found Kavanaugh's "impassioned, very raw defense" to be effective.
As the FBI investigates, a former Yale University classmate accused Kavanaugh of not being truthful about the extent of his drinking during his younger years.
Charles Ludington said he chose to speak out because he was "deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterisation by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale".
"There were men in positions of power, of privilege, and prestige who described those proceedings as a disgrace to our nation, when the real disgrace is a tolerance of rape culture", Pressley said. "I felt that we weren't doing due diligence with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court", Flake said.
Just as Republicans on the Judiciary Committee were about to favorably recommend the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Friday, Flake had a change of heart.
The delay was initially requested by Republican Sen. Now they are criticizing him for getting mad.
Coons added, "I would think so".
The FBI is expected to spend the coming days investigating the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh.
Team Kavanaugh wants the nominee to push back hard this week, though they are advocating restraint with reactions to Sen.
GOP leadership reached an agreement for a time-limited Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the allegations that the White House then ordered.
"He is taking flak from the left for not taking enough of a stand, and I am like, 'What more do you want?'" he said of the Kavanaugh battle. A US official also told The Post that a third accuser, Julie Swetnick, is not expected to be interviewed.
Mr. Cullen, who has never been a fan of Mr. Trump, said he hopes Mr. Flake keeps it up. I want it to be comprehensive.
Still, Trump slammed Senate Democrats during a campaign rally in Tennessee Monday night.