Senator Jeff Flake breaks ranks and calls for FBI investigation before vote on Kavanaugh confirmation. Update!

By | 2018-09-28T12:58:03+00:00 September 28th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |15 Comments

Man, I did not see this coming.

I was all ready to condemn Flake for being a wishy-washy asshole, and here he comes out as the voice of reason. 

I wonder if his change of heart had anything to with this confrontation yesterday? 

Courtesy of Mother Jones

Moments after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)—the key swing vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee—announced that he would vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Friday, a sexual assault survivor tearfully confronted Flake, pleading with Arizona senator to change course.

“Look at me when I’m talking to you!” the unnamed woman told Flake as he entered an elevator. “You’re telling me that my assault doesn’t matter. That what happened to me doesn’t matter. And that you’re going to let the people who do these things into power. That’s what you’re telling me when you vote for him.”

She was one of several protesters to approach Flake with gripping exhortations to vote against Kavanaugh.

“You have children in your family, think about them,” another woman told Flake. “I have two children. I cannot imagine that for the next 50 years they will have someone in the Supreme Court who has been accused of violating a young girl. What are you doing, sir?”

Shortly afterward, Flake voted to move forward with a committee vote on Kavanaugh this afternoon.

Yeah, that would have definitely convinced me to put the brakes on.

Now keep in mind that this does NOT mean that Trump will allow this investigation to go forward and no guarantee that even after it happens that Senator Flake will not vote to confirm Kavanaugh. 

In fact, this could all be a political kabuki show, but it is still something which at least slows down the train speeding toward Kavanaugh’s confirmation. 

Update: It is just now being reported that Lisa Murkowski is coming out in support of this FBI investigation, so that makes at least two Senators who want the investigation to take place before any confirmation vote. 

Update 2: Okay now Senator Collins is also backing this FBI probe. 

No way this thing can move forward without this investigation now. 

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15 Comments

  1. Lady Lindsey September 28, 2018 at 10:26 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/28/the-russians-are-getting-heavily-involved-in-the-brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-fight.html

    The Russians have also been cheering on Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC):
    The Republican Party has become the Putin party, and Russian efforts to meddle in US national affairs aren’t limited to elections. Brett Kavanaugh had already damaged the country before he was even up for a vote to be confirmed.

    • Beaglemom September 29, 2018 at 3:26 am

      There was a time, back in the day, when Lindsey Graham would have fainted at the thought of being egged on by the Russians. But now, he’s so anxious to please Don the Con that he’ll do anything. How he has kept being elected (even in S. Carolina) is simply bizarre. But I could say the same about about 40 some other Republicans too.

  2. $BM-JB$ September 28, 2018 at 10:29 am

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  3. Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 11:05 am

    The GOP are weighing the pros and cons. Will there be a blue wave? Will there be a red wave? Will there be another kiss from Russia wave? It’s a tough call. On one hand they really need this guy who already has made up his mind on most subject like abortion, and whether a sitting president can be outlawed, and then they need to believe that the voters have their back. I mean they can’t count on Putin all the time to mess with out electronic election process. Before Trump, the GOP thought they were obsolete. Now they are willing to completely sell out to remain alive. It’s not just their party. It’s values, such as abortion, religion, and race. They want the world the way it was before the civil rights movement, before Roe vs. Wade, before Nixon was caught out on his lying. And this Kavanaugh guy is on board with all that too. But now, one of them gives pause? Hmmmm. I don’t know about that because the boys that are obviously running things in D.C. are going to give this guy the green light to all their wet dreams to come true. I say, they vote this guy in, and the Dems sputter and spew like the toothless lions they are, and poor Christine Blasy Ford is victimized once more with the GOP’s mighty hands over her mouth. It’s the world that the Koch bros. want. It’s the world the Putin wants. It’s the world like Donald likes it. And the poor and oppressed be damned.

  4. barbara carlson September 28, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Did anybody else see Franklin Graham say this, this morning? “The Hearing was never about the truth.” wow, just wow. Their motives put on full-frontal view.

    • Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Nothing from Pat Robinson? He’s the TRUE hotline God.

  5. Anon September 28, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Several posts have used Kavanaugh calendar to say attempted rape of Ford was on July 1st at Timny’s house.

    FBI could take photos of the house to see if it matches Ford’s description. Living room, stairs, bedroom with bath across hallway.

  6. D September 28, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Hopefully my e-mail to Sen Flake this morning was one of a million saying how ashamed we were that if he left that meeting with doubt in his mind why didn’t call to assuage that doubt before saying he would vote yes.

  7. Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    No way this thing can move forward without this investigation now.
    ===================
    I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, trump has to call for the investigation or Brett, neither are going to do it. Interesting how little donnie hates drinking and drunks but his nominee is a drunk. I guess he gave him a pass because he sexual assaults women and that is ok in little donnie’s book.

    I had a feeling that Flake might vote NO because he was the only republican that did not have a temper tantrum during the hearing. He only spoke for 1 minute and I don’t recall him yelling at the Democrats.

  8. Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    UPDATE !!!!! OMG I can’t believe it, now are they putting restrictions on this investigation, like don’t investigate any allegations from women? How about all the Yale classmates that have come out and claimed they saw him drop dead drunk on a regular basis?
    ===================
    Trump orders FBI supplemental investigation into Kavanaugh

    In a tweet on Friday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement on behalf of President Donald Trump.
    According to the statement, Trump has “ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file.”

    “As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week,” the statement continued.

    https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/kavanaugh-senate-committee-vote/index.html

    Here’s her tweet:

  9. anon September 28, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    https://people.com/politics/maria-gallagher-ana-maria-archila-jeff-flake-kavanaugh-vote/

    @mgallagher822

    I feel relieved that @JeffFlake seems to have heard my and @AnaMariaArchil2’s voices in the Senate elevator today. We absolutely need an FBI investigation and for him and all Senators to vote NO. #StopKavanaugh
    10:31 AM – Sep 28, 2018

  10. Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Big deal. The coward still voted him out of committee and when it comes to a full vote will still vote to confirm.

  11. #thismatters September 28, 2018 at 9:24 pm
  12. WA Skeptic September 29, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Flake doesn’t have one single hair on his a**; he should have voted NO without any reservations. Somebody has this guy by the short and curlies, and it shows.

  13. Bill Maher September 29, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    “Remember when Hillary was questioned for 11 hours and cried like a bitch about how unfair the process was? Yeah me neither.” ‘Young Pricks’ cheer “brews for Je$u$” and back door Graham.”

    https://www.facebook.com/Maher/videos/238331733526878/

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