Jeff Flake stokes presidential speculation as court debate rages

Jeff Flake stokes presidential speculation as court debate rages

Mr Trump said he believed the judge would be confirmed. They forced the White House to open a supplemental background investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the judge.

"This entire process has been an embarrassment to our democracy as Hoosiers watched firsthand how Senator Donnelly's liberal colleagues used uncorroborated allegations to create a media circus designed to smear and destroy Judge Kavanaugh's reputation", Braun said.

The report says 21-year-old Dom Cozzolino told police that Kavanaugh threw ice at him for "some unknown reason".

Senator McConnell said a vote would happen on Mr Kavanaugh's nomination by the end of the week. The day before, Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee saying that he never sexually assaulted anyone, including Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in 1982.

He said the Democrats are undermining Kavanaugh's credibility and are "willing to do anything or hurt anyone" to submarine his agenda.

Indiana's other U.S. Senator, Todd Young, last week kept his support behind Kavanaugh following the committee hearing. "That is the key question here".

The president repeatedly said in response to questions about his top court pick that he was waiting to see what would come out of the FBI investigation and did not want to "interrupt" anything. On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona broke with his fellow Republicans and said that although he supported moving Kavanaugh's nomination out of the committee, he called for the FBI to investigate credible allegations against Kavanaugh. "And the interaction with the members was sharp and partisan".

Hundreds of protesters rallied on Monday at Boston's City Hall where Senator Jeff Flake was speaking at a conference, their chants audible in the distance as the Arizona Republican was asked about his dramatic decision last week to press for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.

He says it's important that senators have a chance to ask directly about what the FBI investigated, what evidence they collected and who they interviewed.

Kavanaugh has also not been helped by the emergence of former Yale classmates who have accused him of lying to the committee about his college drinking habits when he told the panel that he "did not drink beer to the point of blacking out".

A Harvard/Harris poll released Tuesday shows that while many Americans believe Kavanaugh shouldn't be confirmed before the Federal Bureau of Investigation concludes its seventh background check on the embattled judge, if the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe comes up empty, most Americans would like to see the Kavanaugh affair over and over quickly.

She declined to say exactly when it ended or what Mr Judge was asked.

Ramirez has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her while both were college students. Concerns have been raised that the investigation is not serious enough, as The New Yorker reported that several individuals hoping to give information to the FBI had trouble even reaching agents. -Betsy Forester, West Virginia voter " If Joe Manchin votes to confirm Kavanaugh, it will be just one more example of Manchin falling in line to advance his own interests, rather than serving the people and the women of West Virginia", said Katey Lauer, one of the women involved in the action. She has said that the duo attended these parties where boys would spike the girls' punch with drugs or alcohol so that the latter could be "gang raped" by a "train" of boys.

During his remarks, McConnell dowplayed those allegations.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that the one-week limit was fine, but "everyone is asking it be done thoroughly and completely within that week".