Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Speaking in NH, Flake says lies would disqualify Kavanaugh

Speaking in NH, Flake says lies would disqualify Kavanaugh

In a screed delivered from the Senate floor, McConnell invoked the infamous name of Joseph McCarthy, and accused Democrats of using tactics similar to those employed by the former Wisconsin Senator in order to defeat the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

On Sunday, he told CBS' "60 Minutes" that the conservative judge's nomination would be "over" if federal investigators determine he lied to the committee.

McConnell referred to a memo from Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who told Judiciary Committee members after being brought in to question Christine Blasey Ford at Thursday's hearing that "I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the committee".

Mr Ludington added that while youthful drinking should not condemn someone for life, he had nevertheless been concerned about Mr Kavanaugh's statements under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., center, spoke with reporters, September 28, after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky.in his office in the Capitol in Washington.


Flake said he would ensure it's a "real investigation", by the FBI as Democrats demanded that Trump give them a full readout of his instructions to the agency. 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.

The White House has authorized the F.B.I.to expand its abbreviated investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh by interviewing anyone it deems necessary as long the review is finished by the end of the week, two people briefed on the matter said on Monday...

Flake said Ford offered "compelling, credible testimony", but he also found Kavanaugh's "impassioned, very raw defense" to be effective.

"For the past year, I've been speaking about the condition of our democracy because my conscience has required me to do it", Flake said.

"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.


"The compromise that Chris and I struck on Friday is one that I take seriously, and we did it because fairness required us to do it", Flake said.

During a spring visit to the state, he declared his interest in a possible 2020 presidential bid - as a Republican or an independent - if no other Republican were to step up to challenge Trump.

"I've been failing my tribe for some time now", he continued.

"My White House will do whatever the senators want", Trump said. "I think it's actually a good thing for Judge Kavanaugh". I want it to be comprehensive.


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