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"That's what this effort is about". Jeff Flake of Arizona released a statement announcing that he would vote in favor of Kavanaugh.

If he is confirmed for the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh could be the deciding vote on cases involving immigration, abortion, transgender troops, gay rights and voting rights. The battle has thrown Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination into turmoil and become another landmark in the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.

It will be limited in scope and be completed in less than one week. Two of Kavanaugh's classmates, Judge and P.J. Smyth, who Ford said was at the party, provided statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying they don't have knowledge or memory of any such incident. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, sided with Democrats who had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when the two were teenagers in Maryland.

The announcement followed a vote along party lines by the Judiciary Committee to advance Kavanaugh's nomination - an 11-to-10 roll call that was left significantly in doubt amid a contentious yet odd debate as senators dashed into an anteroom behind the hearing space.

Later, as Flake returned to the committee room, the mood shifted and almost two hours of hushed bipartisan discussion began, led by Flake and his close Democratic counterpart, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Richard Blumenthal, D- CT. Flake often appeared conflicted and pained as senators engaged in a contentious debate over the nomination. You may have noticed that several Democrats on the committee specifically gave a shout-out to Flake for his hesitancy to vote with the rest of the Republicans. Chris Coons of DE, and crafted a plan to force the hands of McConnell and President Trump.

The curiosity inside the Dirksen Senate Office Building hearing room grew as more and more senators shuffled in and out of the back room for the discussions, which Collins called into via phone.


"He and I don't share a lot of political views but we share a deep concern for the health of this institution and what it means to the rest of the world and the country", said Coons, who huddled with Flake before he announced his position.

"That is what binds us to the rule of law", he said. "This is ripping us apart, and there are enough things ripping us apart", he said. Flake, based on his comments this afternoon, wouldn't go along with such a move, and Sen. Flake then spent a sleepless night agonizing over what to do.

Maine's other U.S. Senator, Sen.

The fallout was enormous, but despite this, Kavanaugh's confirmation appeared all but certain.

The tension in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room was nearly unbearable in the hours and minutes before Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, has already said he will vote against confirming Kavanaugh.

"Pressure works. Kavanaugh has sparked a massive grassroots uprising of women who will be heard,"notedIndivisible co-executive director Leah Greenberg, pointing to Sen". Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) are undecided on the Democratic side after Sen. He's a bitter Never Trumper who, I believe, would like nothing more than to have a big, splashy eff you vote to stick it to President Trump as he ends his time in the Senate.

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