Jeff Flake stokes presidential speculation as court debate rages

Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz. speaks during an appearance at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit Monday Oct. 1 2018 in Boston

Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz. speaks during an appearance at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit Monday Oct. 1 2018 in Boston

Flake's comments come as the White House insisted it's not "micromanaging" the new one-week review of decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake said on Monday he wanted the FBI to conduct a real and fulsome investigation of assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, telling a summit hosted by Forbes the probe should not be just to provide political cover for voting to confirm Kavanaugh.

Arguably the biggest moment of Mr. Flake's more than 16-year career in Congress came Friday when he called for the Kavanaugh nomination to be delayed a week to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation time to investigate allegations of sexual assault that have been leveled against Mr. Trump's pick for the high court.

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. "I think it's actually a good thing for Judge Kavanaugh".

Hundreds protest Kavanaugh before Sen. But he drew an immediate parallel to the Kavanaugh controversy when he referenced pushback he received when he called for his Senate colleagues to hear both Kavanaugh and Ford with an open mind. Charles "Chad" Ludington, who said he was a friend of Kavanaugh's at Yale University and now teaches at North Carolina State University, called Kavanaugh "a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker".

On the other hand, strategists have reportedly urged a light tread around Flake despite the frustration his sudden about-face caused on Friday.

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On the issue of the scope of the FBI's investigation, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said White House counsel Don McGahn, who is managing Kavanaugh's nomination, "has allowed the Senate to dictate what these terms look like, and what the scope of the investigation is".

Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford. The Senate will first need to vote to cut off debate on the nomination before reaching a final confirmation vote.

The FBI is expected to spend the coming days investigating the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh. "There was a lot of doubt still", Flake said. There's no currency for that anymore. "Whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority". But he also acknowledged that it may further complicate matters.

"S$3 oon enough the goal-posts will be on the move once again", McConnell said.

Pushing back on the Democratic attacks, Republicans said Kavanaugh had every right to be upset during the hearing. "We won't be better off". A USA official also told The Post that a third accuser, Julie Swetnick, is not expected to be interviewed.

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