The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 Friday to move Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor, leaving open the possibility of a one-week FBI investigation into sexual assault accusations against him.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who had been undecided, announced he will vote to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to the floor despite leaving Thursday’s hearing “with as much doubt as certainty.”
“Our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence,” Flake said in a prepared statement released shortly before the committee’s meeting. “That is what binds us to the rule of law.”
But Flake said he wants the full Senate vote delayed for a week in order to have the FBI conduct further investigation. That decision will be left up to Senate leaders.
Earlier, the Republican-controlled panel turned aside Democrats’ effort to subpoena Mark Judge, a potential witness to the alleged assault of Christine Blasey Ford, who gave wrenching testimony Thursday about being attacked by Kavanaugh when she was 15.
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